AL FACES LAT­EST BATTLE AT CITY

The Football League Paper - - INSIDE - By Jamie Holt

HAV­ING been the vic­tim of hu­man traf­fick­ing as a teenager and win­ning his battle against de­por­ta­tion from the UK in 2007, there is no ques­tion that Al Ban­gura is a fighter.

And Tony Mow­bray has en­cour­aged the free agent to trans­fer those fight­ing qual­i­ties on to the pitch in or­der to win a con­tract at Coven­try City.

The Sierra Leone mid­fielder, 27, has been train­ing with the Sky Blues for the past month, hav­ing last played for For­est Green Rovers, and boss Mow­bray ad­mits he likes what he has seen so far.

“He’s hun­gry, re­ally hun­gry and there’s noth­ing bet­ter than a re­ally hun­gry player,” said Mow­bray.

“I’ve told him not to be a re­specter of rep­u­ta­tions but to get around on our train­ing pitch. If he has to pick up play­ers, shake their hand and say sorry be­cause you’ve caught him, that’s life, that’s foot­ball.

“He’s got a bit of that about him but he has to be like a street fighter now to give him­self a chance in the job, force his way in and be­come a Coven­try City player.”

Mow­bray added: “I think the over­haul will come in the sum­mer but at this mo­ment it’s very danger­ous to try to change ev­ery­thing.”

FIGHTER: Al Ban­gura

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