Sierra Leone's Bangura injured in car crash

By Mohamed Fajah BarrieBBC Sport, Freetown
Mustapha Bangura
Bangura is set to miss the home clash with Niger after breaking his wrist

Sierra Leone international Mustapha Bangura will miss next month's Nations Cup qualifier at home to Niger after being involved in a car accident.

The 21-year-old was driving to the provincial town of Bo from Freetown to watch a local league game on Monday.

The Cyprus-based striker broke two bones in his left arm and one in his lower left leg.

The Leone Stars currently lie third in Group G, trailing leaders South Africa by five points at the halfway stage.

The accident occurred close to Bo Town, southern Sierra Leone, when Bangura tried to avoid a dog on the road only to lose control of his car and hit a tree.

An unknown number of passengers in his car were also injured as they drove to watch the match between Nepean Stars and Kallon FC.

Bangura was immediately rushed to the Bo government hospital for treatment and was later transferred to a hospital on the outskirts of Freetown for proper medical attention.

Doctors have told BBC Sport that his injuries require immediate surgery.

The forward was one of 12 players selected by rival coaches Lars Olof Mattsson and Christian Cole when both named squads for the match.

Mattsson has been endorsed by Sierra Leone's sports ministry, which has convinced the country's FA to desist from claiming Cole as national coach.

Bangura scored Leone Stars' goal against Egypt in Cairo when the sides drew 1-1 draw at the start of the 2012 qualifiers late last year.

Last week, Bangura played in the final of the Cyprus Cup but his side Apollon Lomassol were beaten on penalties by Omonia Nicosia.

The Leone Star bagged some 14 goals this season, prompting reports of interest from Monaco of France, Germany's Werder Bremen and Greek club Olympiakos.

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