EX-CARDIFF CITY centre-back Sol Bamba has turn out to be a Middlesbrough player-coach after beating most cancers in Could.
The 36-year-old had a number of rounds of chemotherapy after being identified with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma final Christmas Eve.
And Boro boss Neil Warnock has been as shocked as a lot as delighted by how “sharp” Bamba already appears in pre-season coaching.
The previous Ivory Coast star reunited along with his former Bluebirds chief Warnock on the Riverside Stadium for a summer season try-out – however has additionally “actually impressed” as a coach for Boro’s Beneath-23s and U18s.
Now he has signed a one-year contract to maintain him within the Championship.
Warnock stated: “Initially Sol had requested if he might come and practice with us, and I used to be more than pleased.
“He is an awesome lad to have round.
“Once we had been away in Cornwall he was at Rockliffe and helped with the U23s and U18s, and everybody was actually impressed with him.
“I’ve to be trustworthy, I did not anticipate him to look as sharp as he has completed after every part he is been by, however he is completed remarkably properly.
“He has baggage of expertise and he might be an actual asset for us each on and off the pitch.”
Bamba revealed the “extremely heartwarming information” he was “most cancers free” in mid-Could.
He had already returned to coaching with Cardiff and got here off the bench in stoppage time on the ultimate day of final season, a 1-1 dwelling draw with Rotherham on Could 8.
Asserting his most cancers therapy had been profitable, Bamba stated: “We’re over the moon proper now.
“I actually need to thank everybody that has been supporting me.
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“Above all, I need to thank the household on the NHS who took such excellent care of me.
“I’ll at all times be grateful. Thanks to all my household, my associates, in fact the membership and everybody within the soccer trade that has helped me face this problem.
“Hopefully, I’ll see you quickly once more on the pitch.”
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