Date:Friday September 27 2013
Name: Kei Kamara
Date of Birth: 1/9/1984
Nationality: Sierra Leone
Former Clubs: Orange County Blue Star, Columbus Crew, San Jose Earthquakes, Houston Dynamo, Sporting Kansas City, Norwich City
League Appearances (Goals): 236 (71)
International Appearances (Goals): 15 (3)
Stat of the Day: Kei Kamara was the first player from Sierra Leone to score a goal in the Premier League
Player Profile: I can`t work out what`s more strange; working my way down the Middlesbrough squad list to find only one player of Scottish ancestry in the midst of a long list of average footballers or a player originating from the 72nd best national team, Sierra Leone, plonked in the middle (Al Bangura and Mustapha Dumbuya the only other notable Leone Stars` players to have figured in the English leagues). Kei Kamara, Boro`s lucky Sierra Leonean prodigy, is revered as a hero in his home country, having overcome a 10-year civil war and emigration to America as part of a refugee programme when he was just 16. Having plied his trade in the American MLS, where his list of former clubs would look more at home in a horrendous collection of fantasy football team names, he is looking to make a name for himself in the English Championship. Fans in his home nation will be able to watch Saturday`s game in a cinema for 15p; 15p more than they would have liked to have paid after they`ve watched the 90 minutes I`m sure.
Despite the MLS being about as noteworthy as Boro`s favourite hunting ground, Scotland, Kamara boasts an impressive scoring record. He was Kansas City`s leading scorer for the past three seasons and has become a fans` favourite wherever he has played. In the 2012 season he had 134 efforts on goal - no MLS player had attempted more shots in a season since 2000 - and possesses a pronounced physical presence. Kamara has already netted twice in three appearances for his new club and with Boro`s pacey wingers on either flank he could pose a challenge to the league`s meanest defence on Saturday.
Kei Kamara was born and raised in Sierra Leone and began his playing career for Kallon FC in 2001. At the age of 16, however, he and his family migrated to the US through a refugee program and eventually settled in California. He originally played college soccer (football) and played for Orange County Blue Star in the USL Premier Development League where he scored 16 goals in 19 appearances.
Kamara was chosen by Columbus Crew ninth overall at the 2006 MLS Superdraft (don`t ask me what that means) and managed to score 5 times in 36 appearances for the club. The next few seasons consistent of a lot of 'draft picks`, 'trading` and 'allocation money` where he represented San Jose Earthquakes and Houston Dynamo before he finally ended up at Sporting Kansas City.
He spent four successful years at the Kansas City based club where he made over 100 league appearances and scored 38 goals. His goalscoring exploits attracted interest from a number of Premier League clubs but he joined Norwich City on loan in January 2013 for the remainder of the season. He only managed to score 1 league goal in eleven appearances at Carrow Road before returning to America.
In September 2013 Middlesbrough signed Kamara for a fee of £900 000 and he has already managed two goals in his first three league appearances.
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Date:Friday September 27 2013
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