Kei Kamara hands Sierra Leone boost ahead of Nigeria clashes

Kei Kamara hands Sierra Leone boost ahead of Nigeria clashes
Sierra Leone's Kei Kamara

by Staff Reporter

Tuesday Nov 10, 2020. 11:00

Sierra Leonean star Kei Kamara has handed the Leone Stars a big boost ahead of their double header with Nigeria.

The veteran striker has confirmed his return to the senior national team ahead of their 2022 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualification games against the Super Eagles.

Kamara, who announced his retirement from international football in 2019, is one of only 10 players to have scored 100 goals in American MLS history, achieving the landmark in 300 appearances, and is he currently second on MLS’s all-time scoring list.

The former Norwich City and Middlesbrough player thanked Sierra Leone head coach John Keister for recalling him in a statement released by the player per BBC Sport.

“A year ago I made the decision to step away from our national team, and it was a decision I made with good intentions.” Kamara wrote.

“During this year of being on the outside watching and listening, I can tell you it has not been easy.

“In the past few months I have heard some wonderful conversations with newly appointed head coach John Keister about his vision for the national team, and they’re remarkable.

“I’m very honoured to be considered by Coach Keister as someone that could impact the team. To be included on the roster for the upcoming games is an invitation I have accepted.

“I’m very excited to wave the green, white and blue flag and will proudly represent my country. I’ll do what I have always done- play my heart out for mama Sierra Leone. I look forward to joining the team in the quest for qualification.”

Sierra Leone will be away to Nigeria on November 13, before hosting the Super Eagles on November 17.

Kamara, 36, has netted five goals in 29 international matches for the Leone Stars.

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