Portsmouth defender reveals reason for unsuccessful non-league loan spell with Bromley last season



The 20-year-old was sent to the Ravens at the start of 2021-22 to gain valuable experience in senior football.

Andy Woodman’s side fended off interest from other National League clubs to secure Mnoga’s signature on August deadline day, but the move took a turn for the worse soon after.

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However, the versatile defender is adamant he maintained his professionalism throughout his time at Hayes Lane and wasn’t the architect of his own demise.

Mnoga told The News: ‘When I went there, their right-wing-back was suspended because he had a three-game ban, so he missed the game against Cheltenham but came in afterwards.

‘I was okay with not starting at the beginning because I understood I wasn’t going to go straight into the team and needed to prove something.

‘Maybe in the first game I didn’t prove as much as I could have, so it was fair I wasn’t starting. I was always working hard in training and giving 100 percent to try and prove myself.

Haji Mnoga was sent back to Pompey prematurely from Bromley last season. Picture: Nigel Keene

‘I would say I would have liked more opportunities, but it’s one of those things in football.

‘I was just making substitute appearances, really but it’s quite hard to do a lot in the last 15, 10 or five minutes in games.’

But he explained how being fast-tracked into National League action in August negatively affected his time with the Ravens.

He added: ‘Everyone thought it would be a good loan and Bromley were looking forward to having me there.

‘Before I joined, I didn’t speak to the manager but one of the coaches on deadline day after I signed my new deal at Pompey.

‘I went down on a Friday and trained but it was only a “match-day minus one” session, so I didn’t even have a full session with the team.

‘Then we had Chesterfield away which is a big game a day later and I played all right but not my best, so I was a bit disappointed with my performance. I came off after 60 minutes, but the gaffer said he thought I did well just to come straight in.

‘From there, it kind of went a bit downhill really and that was the only game I started at Bromley.’


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