Kamara in search of first-team football


By Sahr Morris Jnr.

Sierra Leone defender, Michael Kamara has left Dover Athletic in pursuit of first-team football. He was brought to the club in March 2013 from Carshalton Athletic and was a regular in the side that reached the 2012-13 Conference South play-off final.

However, he found first-team opportunities hard to come by last season as Whites won the play-offs to reach the Conference Premier for the first time in more than a decade.

The defender has now joined Ryman League Premier Division side Dulwich Hamlet, along with fellow former Dover players Terrell Forbes and Ashley Carew.

Kamara, a centre-back by trade but often deployed at right-back by Chris Kinnear, said he thoroughly enjoyed his time at Crabble. The 25-year-old said: “Of course, I am disappointed to be leaving but it’s something I had to do. I had a great couple of years at Dover. Chris [Kinnear] gave me my first chance to play at this level and I am grateful for that.

“Last season was frustrating obviously, but it was still fantastic to be part of. The aim as a footballer is to experience promotion with your team and I have done that now, so it is a great thing, I’m very pleased with how it went.

“I came so close in the play-off final the season before last and I wanted to do it this time.
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Even though I wasn’t always playing, I was always geeing the lads up, having a laugh with them and making them believe we were going to be winners.”

But for now, Kamara has moved on to a new chapter, dropping two divisions down to where he first came from with Carshalton when he joined Whites.

Kamara added: “Sometimes, you have to take two steps back to take a step forward. Dulwich play the right way and came close to promotion last year, it’s closer to my home and I think it is a good move for me.