Kamara out to seize chance

Kei Kamara has come to Norwich to "make a statement" after making his debut against Fulham on Saturday.

Last Updated: 11/02/13 at 07:47 Post Comment

Kei Kamara: Wants to impress

Kei Kamara: Wants to impress

Kei Kamara has come a long way since fleeing the battle fields of Sierra Leone's civil war and migrating to America as a refugee.

The latest chapter in the 28-year-old's journey has brought him to the Barclays Premier League via a loan spell with Norwich and Kamara is determined to make a success of it.

He has arrived at Carrow Road for the rest of the season from the Major Soccer League and came on for the closing stages of Saturday's goalless draw against Fulham, injecting some life into a game devoid of creative spark.

Kamara, who had an unsuccessful trial at Stoke in December, admits his path to the English top flight has been far from straightforward, but is an opportunity he will aim to seize.

"I left Sierra Leone after the civil war ended, when I was 14. I lived in Gambia for two years and at 16 I moved to the USA through a refugee programme, so I could go to school," Kamara recalled.

"I figured out to get scholarships at college I would have to play soccer, so I did that for two years. Then I got drafted to the MLS and have been in the league for seven years and now I am here."

Kamara is already a cult figure among Norwich fans, having made a big impression with his positive interviews and through social media.

"I am just honoured to be here. It gave me goosebumps just warming up on the side and hearing my name being called. I loved it and I am looking forward to playing more games here," he said.

Norwich manager Chris Hughton accepts Kamara needs more match fitness, having only trained with his new team-mates for a few days after his midweek arrival from the United States.

"I don't think it is far off. By the next game I should definitely be in shape," said Kamara, who has headed off with the rest of the Norwich squad for some warm-weather training in Abu Dhabi as they have no match for a fortnight.

"It is about working hard from now and making it a regular thing.

"I am a man who can score some goals, but it is also about work-rate - when you come into a team like this and see people working so hard, if you can work as hard as them then the goals come easily."

Norwich have an option to buy Kamara should his short-term move from Sporting Kansas City prove a success.

The striker said: "I belong to Kansas City, but I am not here to mess around and just hang about.

"I am coming here to make a statement about myself and show I can play amongst people I have watched on television."


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