Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Sierra Leone football fans attack captain's house after he missed a crucial penalty

Angry fans of Sierra Leone's national football team have attacked a player's house after he missed a decisive penalty.

Captain Umaru Bangura failed to convert a stoppage-time spot kick in front of a huge crowd on Sunday.

It meant Sierra Leone failed to get through to the next stage of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers.

Liberia qualified, winning the tie 3-2 on aggregate. After the game fans pelted Bangura's home with stones.


The windows and doors of his residence in the capital, Freetown, were left badly damaged. A song has even been released mocking his penalty miss.

"[It was] one of the worst days of my life," Bangura told the BBC while holed-up in his bedroom. "I can't even go outside because I didn't expect this kind of hostility towards me.

"I did my job by stepping up as the captain to take the spot kick," he added. "I am really disappointed. But at the same time I wish to say sorry [and] beg for their forgiveness."

Had Bangura scored, Sierra Leone would have levelled the two-legged tie 3-3 and gone through to the next stage on away goals.

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