BJ Banda scored 19 League goals for Ballinamallard last season
BJ Banda has re-signed for Irish League Championship outfit Ballinamallard United.
Banda scored 19 goals for the Mallards in the 2021/22 season and will return to Ferney Park next season.
The 24-year-old had been linked with a move to Finn Harps in recent weeks, but Banda has put pen to paper again for Ballinamallard.
Banda was the Championship’s joint top scorer, along with H&W Welders player Michael McLellan.
Banda moved to Ballinamallard from Letterkenny Rovers last summer and proved a real hit. Ballinamallard finished fourth in the Championship last season, just seven points off the second-placed Annagh United.
During the season, Banda paid tribute to Ballinamallard manager Harry McConkey.
“I need to praise Harry for putting a lot of faith in me,” he said.
“I was playing intermediate football last year in Donegal and did not think I would be making the step up again so soon but getting that chance has given me that motivation.
“Now I have that self-belief that not only can I thrive at this level but I can push on and play in the top tier too.”
Banda hit prominence when, as a 17-year-old, he scored a dramatic winner for Finn Harps in a 2015 play-off final win over Limerick - a goal that propelled Harps back to the Premier Division.
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