OCTOBER 15, 2014 By Sahr Morris Jnr.
Sierra Leone striker Kei Kamara has claimed the Ebola outbreak scuppered his move to Wolverhampton Wanderers in the English Championship.
The 30-year-old striker, who was a free agent after leaving Middlesbrough, underwent trial at Compton training ground hoping to secure a move with the Championship side as boss Kenny Jackett was impressed with the striker’s performance and wanted to hand him a short term deal.
With Kamara, who has rejoined Columbus Crew in the U.S. Major League Soccer (MLS), a deal with Wolves could have been completed had Sierra Leone not dropped out of the world’s 70 in the FIFA rankings table.
The striker said: “A few weeks ago, I was at Wolverhampton who offered me a contract to play for them and I said yes, but the next minute I found out that my work permit was turned down because of my country Sierra Leone dropping in the FIFA rankings,” he said.
“It all came because of the disaster out there at the moment with Ebola. We are not able to play games in Sierra Leone and we play every game away. We lost the last couple of games and dropped in the FIFA rankings, so my permit got turned down.
“They were all some of the factors but I knew there was a place that I called home, there’s a place I can always prove myself. (The MLS) is one of the best leagues I’ve played in. I’ve played in the Championship and the Premier League and the MLS really isn’t that far away.”