Middlesbrough confirm Sol Bamba has joined in a player-coach role

Middlesbrough confirm Sol Bamba has officially joined the club in a player-coach role after being given the all-clear in his cancer fight in May… with Neil Warnock reuniting with defender and hailing him as a ‘real asset’

  • Defender Sol Bamba has officially joined Middlesbrough in a player-coach role
  • Bamba, 36, has signed after being given the all-clear in his cancer fight in May 
  • It was revealed Bamba was battling Non-Hodgkin lymphoma earlier this year 
  • After several rounds of chemotherapy, Bamba returned to action last season
  • Now recovered, he has reunited with Neil Warnock at the Riverside Stadium 

Middlesbrough have revealed defender Sol Bamba has officially joined the club in a player-coach capacity after his recovery from cancer in May.  

Bamba, 36, underwent treatment for Non-Hodgkin lymphoma earlier this year, having been diagnosed just before last Christmas.  

The news became public in January, and Bamba received several rounds of chemotherapy before briefly returning for Cardiff on the final day of last season.

Middlesbrough have officially signed Sol Bamba as a player-coach after his cancer recovery

Now recovered, Bamba began to train with Middlesbrough this summer, and has signed a one-year deal that will see him work alongside Neil Warnock once again.

It has also been revealed that the centre back will take up a coaching role with the club’s academy, having helped them out in pre-season.  

‘Initially Sol had asked if he could come and train with us, and I was more than happy. He’s a great lad to have around,’ Warnock said.

Bamba reunites with Neil Warnock at the club and will help coach their academy this season

‘When we were away in Cornwall he was at Rockliffe and helped with the under-23s and under-18s, and everyone was really impressed with him.

‘I have to be honest, I didn’t expect him to look as sharp as he has done after everything he’s been through, but he’s done remarkably well.

‘At the moment the priority for him is to concentrate on his fitness and being in the squad, but we want him to be involved with the under-23s as well. 

‘I feel he’s just the type of person we need to be involved with that age group.

Defender Bamba (left) has featured during pre-season and Warnock insists he is a ‘real asset’

‘He has bags of experience and he will be a real asset for us both on and off the pitch. I’m delighted to have him on board.’

Revealing he received the all-clear from cancer earlier this year, Bamba shared a heartfelt message with his social media followers.

‘Hey everyone, just a quick message to inform you that I’m now cancer free!’ he said.

‘It is of course incredibly heart-warming news for my family and I, we are over the moon right now.

Bamba had taken to Twitter to reveal he was cancer free alongside a picture of himself smiling

‘I really want to thank each and everyone that has been supporting me, whether it’s been with a comment, a message, a like or whatever, that definitely gave me extra strength to go through this. 

‘Above all, I want to thank the family at the NHS who took such good care of me, I will always be grateful for your job.

‘Thank you to all my family, my friends and of course the club and everyone in the football industry that has helped me facing this challenge. 

Bamba spent five seasons with Cardiff and will continue his career at Middlesbrough this year

‘I wish you all a blessed day and hopefully will see you soon again on the pitch. Sol.’

Bamba joins Middlesbrough after spending the last five seasons at Cardiff, where he helped the club win promotion to the Premier League in 2018.

He ruptured his cruciate ligament during their sole campaign in the top-flight, but has now battled back to return to fitness and win his battle with cancer.

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