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Alhassan "Al" Bangura (born 24 January 1988, in Freetown, Sierra Leone) is a Sierra Leonian midfielder who currently plays for Watford F.C. in the Football League Championship in England.

Born in Freetown, Sierra Leone, he fled the country upon the death of his father. His father was a member of the Poro Secret Society, and tradition stated that his son must join upon his death. Not wanting to, he went to Guinea where he met a Frenchman, who took him to France and intended to make Bangura a male prostitute. When the man took him to England, he sought asylum.[1]

Discovered by a Watford scout playing in a park, he joined the Watford youth set-up, and made his debut against Stoke City whilst still a member of the Academy on 30 April 2005 aged just 17, coming on for an injured Gavin Mahon. He started the following game against West Ham United on the final day of the 2004-05 season. In the 2005-06 season he has been a regular in the Watford side, making 37 appearances (24 from the bench) in all competitions, scoring 1 goal and winning the club's Young Player of the Season award.

Bangura's hard work in the 2005-06 Championship season and getting the club promoted has been rewarded with a contract extension taking him through to the end of the 2008-09 season as a Watford player

In November 2007 Bangura is appealing against deportation.

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