Skipper Bangura and Jabbie doubtful for Ivory Coast & DRC Leopards


Injuries may stop Sierra Leone’s skipper, Umaru ‘Zaingalay’ Bangura and Turkey based Balıkesirspor midfielder, Khalifa Jabbie playing for Sierra Leone in the African Cup of Nations qualifiers against the Ivory Coast and Democratic Republic of Congo this month.

Photo: Jabbie was in action against Ivory Coast early September.

After missing several league games in Belarus, Umaru Bangura was left out of the Dynamo Minsk squad that lost to French side, Guingamp 2-0 on Thursday in the UEFA Europa league.

The former Mighty Blackpool defender has been missing in action since sustaining an injury “only” last month while on international duty for Sierra Leone against Cameroon in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

However, Jabbie 21 is struggling with a shoulder injury.

The versatile midfielder makes matters worse when he hurt his shoulder again in their 2-1 defeat to Mersin Idmanyurdu on Saturday.

He said “I don’t think I’m going to make the trip, I’ve been struggling with my shoulder injury.

I thought it will get better, only for me to have hurt it again in our match today.

I’m having a scan on Monday morning.

I don’t know how bad it is at the moment”. Jabbie told Football Sierra Leone.

Sierra Leone to host the Ivory Coast in Abidjan on 15 November at the Felix Houphet Boigny Stadium, Abidjan and away to DRC Leopards five days later in Lubumbashi.

Sierra Leone first from bottom, with one point in Group D, they have a very slim chance of qualifying and could only do so if they win both games.

Meanwhile, On Tuesday the Sports Ministry had released a message which stated that the government will stop funding the country’s participation with two games remaining to play this month against Ivory Coast and Congo Democratic Republic respectively.

By Alie A Bittar


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