Umaru Bangura played 58 league matches and 19 Europa League games in his two-and-a-half season with Dinamo Minsk

By Mohamed Fajah Barrie, BBC Sport, Freetown

Sierra Leone captain Umaru Bangura has joined Swiss side FC Zurich from Belarusian club Dinamo Minsk.

The 28-year-old defender has signed a three-year deal and told BBC Sport: “I believe I have made the right decision.

“I prefer to leave the Belarusian top league to play in the Swiss second tier league because I believe FC Zurich are bigger club than Dinamo Minsk.

“FC Zurich have bought me to help them regain their right position in the Swiss Super league.”

Bangura becomes only the second Sierra Leone international to join a Swiss club after the legendary Mohamed Kallon, who played for AC Lugano.


Sheka Fofanah

Meanwhile, another Sierra Leone international, Sheka Sorie Fofanah, has moved to Danish second division side Vejle BK on a season’s long loan from Sierra Leonean local club Giants of Grassfield United.

The 18-old striker has won four caps for the Leone Stars and scored two goals, including an acrobatic overhead kick two months ago that earned a 1-0 victory over Sudan in a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.