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"I've known Dave Hockaday since I was 15, he's the one who got me playing football in England." - Coventry City's Al Bangura

24 March 2015

City's new midfield signing delighted to be given the opportunity to impress for City and credits Hockaday for progressing him as a player…

Coventry City midfielder Al Bangura has stated that he is 'massively excited' for the opportunity he has with the Sky Blues and is targeting a place in the first-team.

Bangura has signed a contract until the end of the season and he played his first game for the Sky Blues since his signing in the Under-21s 2-1 defeat against Millwall at the Ricoh Arena yesterday. 

JP Rylah gave Millwall the lead before Shaun Miller equalised for the Sky Blues just before half-time. Kyron Farrell scored the winner for the Lions with five minutes remaining. 

The 27-year old revealed that he is using the games as a way to get to full fitness and to stake his claim in manager Tony Mowbray's starting XI. 

"I'm delighted to get a contract," he said. "It's an opportunity to get back to a top level of football, which is only beneficial for me. 

"It was good to play and to get some match fitness, in case the manager decides to call on me for the first team. 

"Today was about keeping fit and working hard to get up to speed, I want to get a place in the starting XI. 

"I'm massively delighted to have an opportunity here at Coventry and I appreciate everything that I've been given." 

Bangura was one of the more experienced players in yesterday's defeat and feels that City have a good group of youngsters coming through the club's academy. 

The Sierra Leonean also had praise for Development Squad manager Dave Hockaday, whom Bangura has worked with at former clubs Watford and Forest Green Rovers. 

He continued: "Today was a bit disappointing result wise, we tried to get it on the floor but Millwall were not letting us and the pitch did not help. 

"The young lads are very good, they are just a bit inexperienced and they need a bit of confidence, which will come. 

"We have good lads here who want to get the ball down and play nice football, which is the important thing. 

"I've known Dave since I was 15 at Watford, he is the one who got me playing football in this country. 

"I respect him massively and it is good to work with him again. I am delighted with the opportunity and I am very eager to impress." 

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