Ismail Bangura, a Sierra Leonean based in the United States of America impressed the coaching staff of Goshen College a few months after he enrolled in the college’s volleyball team.
The former captain for Sierra Leone national men’s beach volleyball team wasted no time in showcasing his qualities as a top-class player with a remarkable debut season performance in the Goshen College Athletics Program.
Four months after his arrival in the USA, Bangura 27, scoped two awards in the Wolverine Hoosier Athletics Conference (WHAC) with the all-conference being his first award and later the freshman of the year for the second award.
Bangura who was a strongman for Super Six Volleyball Club in Freetown relocated to the USA in January this year and enrolled in the Goshen College Athletics Program.
Due to his flawless skills, he has emerged as the second-best player in the history of Goshen College to record 20-plus kills back-to-back and he is leading his colleagues as the overall point maker with a total of 299 kills.
Bangura’s successful journey in the USA is not strange to many of his fans who’ve been following his career. He won many individual awards locally with his club and the national team.
Bangura grabbed the Western Area Volleyball Association Most Disciplined Player in 2009, the Regional Volleyball Championship MVP in 2013, was awarded the Regional Volleyball Championship Best Attacker in 2017, Western Area Volleyball Championship Most Valuable Player in 2019, the Western Area Volleyball Association Best Blocker in 2019, the National Volleyball Championship Best Attacker in 2019, National Volleyball Championship Best Blocker in 2019, the Western Area Volleyball Association Most Disciplined Player in 2022.
Bangura was an impeccable player who represented Sierra Leone in more than fifteen international tournaments including the qualification to the world championship in Hamburg, Germany in 2019.
The volleyball star said he chose Goshen because it is a community of global citizens and also because they gave him the opportunity to become a student-athlete, which is quite impossible in his country, Sierra Leone.
Expressing his delight in enrolling in the college, Bangura said: “I am very enthusiastic about sports. I am happy to be part of this great institution. It’s a great opportunity for me to improve my career with a pathway to professional volleyball while focusing on developing my educational journey”.