Born on 4th December 1982 in Conakry, Guinea – Mamadi Sangare was the first footballer from outside the CIS block to accept Ukrainian citizenship. He was the second player from Guinea to play in Ukraine, following in the footsteps of Mohamed Alkhaly Soumah, who had a spell at Karpaty Lviv.
The centre back began his youth career in his native Guinea with AS Kaloum Star before he made his move to Ukraine, to join Ukrainian Premier League side CSKA Kyiv in 2001. Initially after joining, Sangare played in CSKA’s second team, who played in the first league. He made his debut for CSKA-2 in April 2011, a 2:0 defeat to Mykolaiv. In his first season, he played 11 games for his side, as well as a game while on loan at Second League side Systema-Borex Borodyanka, whom he re-joined for a short spell in his second season.
When CSKA “re-organised” in December 2001, with the UPL side becoming Arsenal, Sangare stayed with the Army club, who played in the First League. He stayed at the Army Men for five years until the end of 2005, playing a total of 113 league games and scoring seven goals. Despite having his professional career with CSKA, he also played in amateur competition, representing FC Hran Buzova in the Kyiv Oblast Cup. It was in 2005 that Sangare took Ukrainian citizenship.
Despite now having Ukrainian citizenship, Sangare left CSKA and Ukraine in 2006, after concluding they did not have enough about them to reach the UPL. He moved to Moldova where he joined Nistri Otaci in the top flight. He played 46 games for the club, including in the UEFA Cup before making a return to Ukraine in 2008 to join First League side FC Desna Chernihiv.
He spent a year in Chernihiv, before he once again left Ukraine, this time for Kazakhstan, where he joined FC Atyrau. This was his most successful spell of his career as he helped Atyrau win the Kazakh cup for the first time in their history. He was also named in the symbokic team of the year and won praise for heading ability, tenacity, reliability and his tactical knowledge. He left Kazakhstan to realise a dream of playing in the Ukrainian Premier League for Tavriya Simferopol. Unfortunately for Sangare, he never played for the first team and spent his Tavriya career playing for the reserves. In his time at the club, Tavriya won the Ukrainian Cup, although he didn’t play a game in the run.
He was given a trial at FC Sevastopol after leaving Tavriya in the summer of 2010, but in search of first team football, he moved to FC Lviv. He only played 12 games for Lviv as a result of poor club finances and the low level of his team mates; he left the club and returned to Kazakhstan with Okzhetpes. Over the next few seasons he flittered between Ukraine and Kazakhstan, playing for Dynamo Khmelnytskyi, Astana-1964 and his final club, Avanhard Kramatorsk.
Mamadi Sangare, the first African/Ukrainian footballer, welcome to the Viktor Leonenko Hall of Fame.
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