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Salone poor ranking delaying Kei Kamara’s Wolves move

 OCTOBER 2, 2014 By Sahr Morris Jr.

The poor world football ranking of Sierra Leone’s national team is making it difficult for striker Kei Kamara to join English Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The former Norwich City and Middlesbrough striker is believed to have played at least 70 percent of Sierra Leone’s matches in the last two years, fulfilling the criteria for a work permit. But for the country falling below FIFA’s top 70 nations – where they were last week – he would have been granted one automatically. Sierra Leone has now dropped to 71 in the new rankings.

Wolves boss Kenny Jackett is continuing to weigh up whether to make a move for the out-of-contract striker who trained for a couple of days with the team last week. However, the club would need to appeal for a work permit if they were to pursue his signature.

Jackett told the club’s website:  “He has a lot of pace and power, good heading ability, and even as an impact substitute, we feel he can make a difference.

“We need to know whether he’s somebody we can go for because if we can’t get a work permit, it’s not worth pursuing. We were looking to perhaps give him a short-term contract or extend his trial but, unless we know whether we can get that (permit), there’s no point carrying on.

“When he started his trial they were number 69, but two days later, when the September ratings came out, his country dropped to 71. It seems they’re working hard to maybe make it harder.”