Watford player Al Bangura has been granted a work permit which means he no longer faces deportation from the UK. The Sierra Leone-born midfielder was told in December he would have to leave the country. But the 19-year-old has now be told he can continue to play for the Hornets.
Watford chairman Graham Simpson said: “I would like to personally thank all the Watford fans who’s backing of Al has been so crucial to moving this forward and securing his immediate future in the United Kingdom.” Bangura’s battle had captured the attention of football fans – including you, Pies fans – who signed an online petition to support his application to remain in the UK.
Bangura fled his homeland at 15 to avoid being forced to join a voodoo sect led by his father. The youngster claims his life would be in danger if he was forced to return.