Sierra Leone rising star set for Wembley final

21
May

Mustapha Bundu, a 19-year-old striker, has joined a list of players with Sierra Leonean origin to play in a Cup final at England’s iconic Wembley Stadium.

Bundu’s Hereford will face Morpeth in the final of the Vase Cup at Wembley on Sunday.

Records are still being studied to ascertain which other players with Sierra Leonean origins have played a Wembley final whether at the old or new venue.

So far two other names have emerged since the news of Bundu was exclusively published by footballsierraleone.net.

While Bundu could become the first to play at the New Wembley Stadium, the former Sierra Leone international Leroy Rosenior was a member of the Queens Park Rangers side that lost 3-0 to Oxford United in the 1986 League Cup final at the Old Wembley Stadium.

A year earlier another player of Sierra Leonean origin Chris Kamara, who was born in England but never played for his father’s home country, was at the old Wembley final for his side Brentford who lost 3-1 to Wigan Athletic.

Bundu has been exceptional for Hereford prior to the Vase Cup Final. He was also on target earlier this month, helping Hereford to win the treble following a 3-1 win over Walsall Wood to lift the Polymac Packaging Cup.

Hereford added the Polymac Packaging Cup to their league title and Herefordshire Challenge Cup successes.

They came from a goal down to secure their win with Mike Symons, Ross Staley and Bundu accounting for the goals.

Bundu is a product of the Craig Bellamy Foundation in Sierra Leone, a charity which offers underprivileged children in Sierra Leone the chance to realise their potential through football and education.

Bundu’s talent was recognised in the UK after his impressive spell with the Cardiff City’s U15s squad and also had summer spells at Liverpool and Manchester City.

He has since gone on to prosper with Hartpury College, where a number of Football League clubs are continuing to assess his performances.

He was also selected for England Schools Under-18 team last season and is being tipped to have a bright future.

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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2018

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