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Bangura completes move to Israeli club Beitar Jerusalem

By: Mohamed Fajah Barrie

Sierra Leonean international Ibrahim Teteh Bangura has completed a season long loan move to Israeli top flight league club Beitar Jerusalem from Turkish outfit Bursapor after he passed medical tests on Thursday.

This deal comes fews days into the start of the Israeli new season and Bangura is believed to be the first ever Sierra Leonean to join an Israeli top division club.

The 23-year old striker has been struggling since joining Bursaspor from former Swedish champions AIK Stockholm two years ago mainly due to injury.

He spent the second half of last season on loan to Turkish second tier league club Sanliurfaspor.

A delighted Bangura is now hoping to put his problems behind him and make an impact for Beitar in a bid to ressurect his career.

“I’m very happy for the move as I’m now fit, free from injury,” Bangura told sierraleonefootball.com.

He added: “This is an opportunity for me to resurrect my career and I’ll try very hard to give my best for my new club.

“I hope to return to Bursaspor a better player after the loan move and do what I’m known for scoring goals.”

“You never know what will happen after the loan move but for now I want to concentrate on my new challenge.

“I don’t know a lot about Israeli football but I know that Nigerian player Yakubu Aiyegbeni had played there before. I believe the Israeli top division league is a good league.”

Bangura caught the eye of Bursaspor and other clubs around Europe two years ago with his goal-scoring exploits at AIK - netting 15 goals in 17 appearances in his debut season.

He only joined AIK Solna in January 2011 from a Swedish lower league team Köping FF where he scored 12 goals in 11 appearances.

The former Kallon FC goal poacher has made several appearances for Leone Stars and has scored four goals.