Bamba 'speechless' by outpouring of support after cancer diagnosis

Sol Bamba ‘left speechless’ by the outpouring of support after his cancer diagnosis as the Cardiff man speaks for the first time since news of his health emerged

  • Sol Bamba announced earlier this week that he has Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
  • The Cardiff defender has thanked people for the positive wishes he has had
  • Bamba turned 36 on Wednesday and said he was ‘speechless’ at the response 

Sol Bamba says he was ‘left speechless’ at the outpouring of support following his diagnosis of Non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

The 36-year-old Ivory Coast defender has started chemotherapy but took to Instagram on Thursday, the day after his birthday, to thank people for the good wishes that he has received.

Bamba said: ‘Thank you for all your birthday and well wishes over the last few days.

Sol Bamba has thanked people for their good wishes after it emerged that he has been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma

The Cardiff defender turned 36 this week and thanked his fans over his social media 

‘Your support at times has left me speechless and I’m sorry that I couldn’t reply to every message but believe me I read them all! I know I’m going to get through this.’ 

Bamba, who started his career at Paris Saint-Germain, has made six appearances for Cardiff this season – the last coming against Birmingham in December – and 117 in total, scoring 10 goals.

He helped the club into the Premier League in 2018 and has also had spells at Hibernian and Leicester, moving to the Bluebirds from Leeds in 2016.

The Welsh club announced the news regarding Bamba’s health on Monday, saying: ‘We are saddened to inform supporters that Sol Bamba has been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

‘With the close support of the club’s medical team, Sol has immediately started a course of chemotherapy treatment.

‘Universally admired by team-mates, staff and supporters in the Welsh capital, Sol has begun his battle in typically positive spirits and will continue to be an integral part of the Bluebirds family.

Cardiff defender Bamba announced the news about his diagnosis earlier this week

Bamba has made a total of 117 appearances for Cardiff since joining the club back in 2016

‘During treatment, Sol will support his team-mates at matches and our younger players within the academy, with whom he will continue his coaching development.

‘All future updates on Sol’s progress will be provided only via official club channels. We are all with you, Sol.’

Cardiff manager Neil Harris explained that Bamba told the squad his news at the club’s training ground.

‘It’s very sad news and hard-hitting for everybody within the training ground and football club, and within the fan base as well,’ Harris said.

‘It’s been a difficult week for everybody involved and I spoke to Sol regularly over the Christmas period when he first found out.

‘We’ve got to a stage where he’s had time to take it in and find out where he’s at in terms of treatment for the cancer and what his next steps are.

Cardiff manager Neil Harris described Bamba as ‘an incredible human being’

‘He felt it was only right that he had the chance to come in on Monday and speak to the players and staff in person before releasing the statement.

‘As you can imagine it was very emotional for everyone at the training ground, and it was a day that I’ll never forget.

‘Sol is an incredible human being. The humility of wanting to put people and their feelings in front of himself is astonishing, and we’ll support Sol and his family in the battle ahead.’

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