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Silverbacks' Abdul Bangura Called Up To Sierra Leone National Team

Defender Abdul Bangura of NASL's Atlanta Silverbacks has a chance to make his international debut this Saturday when Sierre Leone hosts Seychelles in the first-leg of 2015 African Cup of Nations (ACN) qualifiers. 

On Monday, the 6-foot-1 defender travelled to his hometown of Freetown, Sierra Leone, where the "Leone Stars" will play in the second round of ACN qualifying. Sierra Leone topped Swaziland over two legs in the first round to clinch a matchup in the next round with Seychelles. 

Bangura, 28, had not previously been called up by Sierra Leone and will be seeking his first cap this weekend. He has made four appearances for the Silverbacks this season, three in NASL play and another in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Bangura, who played three professional seasons in Sweden before signing with the Silverbacks, started and went 90 minutes in the club's 3-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Rowdies last Saturday night. He will not be available this weekend when the Silverbacks host FC Edmonton on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Atlanta Silverbacks Park.

The Silverbacks have seen two current players called up to their respective national teams this year, with goalkeeper Derby Carrillo representing El Salvador against the Ivory Coast and Spain in June.