Hibernian secured the signature of Souleymane "Sol" Bamba from Dunfermline Athletic for a fee of £50,000 in 2008, committing to a three year deal with the Easter Road club.
National team Ivory Coast
International debut 19th November 2008 (versus Portugal)
The centre-back progressed through the youth ranks of Paris Saint-Germain before spending five years in Scotland between Dunfermline and Hibernian. Despite being a centre-back, manager at the time Mixu Paatelainen praised Bamba's contribution as a defensive midfield player in a 2-0 win against Celtic in December 2008.
Paatelainen's successor John Hughes opted to move Bamba back to his central defensive role after the sale of Rob Jones in the close season of 2009. Subsequently, in his second match under Hughes, Bamba scored his first ever professional goal in a 3-1 win away to Falkirk on 22 August 2009.
Sol Bamba won his first cap at full international level in a friendly against Israel in November 2008, under coach Sven-Goran Eriksson. He later made second appearance in a friendly match against Turkey. Although he was born in France, Bamba represents his parent's homeland of Ivory Coast.
On 29th March 2009, Bamba made his competitive debut in a 5-0 win against Malawi, a 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier. Throughout his time at Hibernian, Bamba became a regular in the national side, competing in both the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations and the 2010 FIFA World Cup. He also scored his first international goal in a friendly against Rwanda as part of the team's preparations for the 2010 African Cup.
In January 2011, Bamba moved to English football as he re-united with former Ivory Coast boss Eriksson in the Championship with Leicester City.
Full name Souleymane Bamba
Date of birth 13th January 1985
Place of birth Ivry-sur-Seine, France
Height 6ft 3in