'I'm now cancer free!' - Former Leeds United captain Sol Bamba shares heart-warming news and tribute to NHS

Former Leeds United captain Sol Bamba has declared himself cancer free in a heart-warming social media message.

Thursday, 20th May 2021, 10:22 am
BACK PLAYING - Former Leeds United captain Sol Bamba returned to play for Cardiff City in their Championship finale against Rotherham United. Today he declared himself cancer free. Pic: Getty

The 36-year-old defender has expressed his gratitude at the support he received following a Non-Hodgkin lymphoma diagnosis. Current club Cardiff City released a statement in January confirming that Bamba was undergoing chemotherapy treatment.⁣

He came off the bench in Cardiff's draw with Rotherham United on the final day of the Championship season for a first appearance since January and today shared his good news with the footballing world.

He Tweeted: "Just a quick message to inform you that I'm now cancer free! It is of course an incredibly heartwarming news for my family and I, we are over the moon right now.

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"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 one in the football industry that has helped me facing this challenge. I wish you all a blessed day and hopefully will see you soon again on the pitch."

Bamba joined Leeds in January 2015 from Palermo and went on to become club captain before being released in September 2016.

He has remained a popular figure with Whites and received a deluge of supportive messages from the club and its fanbase when the news of his illness broke earlier this year.