Sol Bamba: Former Cardiff defender is signed by Middlesbrough as a player-coach


After completing his recovery from cancer, Sol Bamba joined Middlesbrough as a player-coach on a one-year deal.

The defender underwent treatment for non-Hodgkin lymphoma earlier this year and has been training with Boro this summer after being released by fellow Championship side Cardiff at the end of his contract last season. Bamba, 36, has been reunited with Neil Warnock (Middlesbrough manager), who was a captain under Bluebirds in 2018 when they won promotion to the Championship. "Initially Sol had asked me if I would train with him, and I was delighted. Bamba was a great guy to have around," Warnock stated of Bamba, who assisted with the academy coaching duties at Boro in the summer. "When we were away from Cornwall, he was at Rockliffe helping with the U23s & U18s. Everyone was really impressed with his abilities. He's done an amazing job. He is currently focusing on his fitness and being part of the squad. But, we want him to also be involved in the U23s. He's the right type of person that we need to be involved in this age group, according to me. "He is a huge asset to us both on and off-pitch. He has a lot of experience. He is a great addition to our team. Bamba was capped 46 times by Ivory Coast and made more than 400 career appearances. He also featured in Middlesbrough’s pre-season matches against York and Rotherham. Boro will visit Blackpool in Tuesday's Carabao Cup 1 round before Bristol City hosts the Championship on Saturday.

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