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Kei Kamara: No regrets over Middlesbrough departure

March 25, 2015 By Sahr Morris Jr.

Sierra Leone and Columbus Crew striker, Kei Kamara, says he has no regrets over the way his spell with English Championship side, Middlesbrough, ended.

The 30-year-old striker told MLSSoccer.com that he didn’t regret parting ways with Middlesbrough because he was not comfortable on the bench.

The former Norwich City striker said while he appreciates the chance he had and still follows his former teams (Norwich and Middlesbrough), he wasn’t content to spend time on the bench during his stay with Boro.

“For me, it didn’t work out the way I wanted it to work out,” he said. “I wasn’t going to just sit there and think, ‘I’m going to keep pushing myself (rather than playing)’ when I know I’m at my prime in my career and I can play in one of the best leagues in the world. MLS is growing, and I’m really excited to be back and continue to be an impact in the league.”

Kamara joined Boro for a fee reportedly around £900,000 in September 2013 and enjoyed a good start with the club, netting four times in his first eight games. He later fell out with new manager Aitor Karanka, which saw him having less playing time.

The striker’s 11-month stint with the English side came to an unceremonious end when he, via twitter, blasted both Boro and Sierra Leone Football Association officials for not showing any concern after he was struck down by malaria whilst on international duty with the Sierra Leone national team, Leone Stars.

Such outburst from the outspoken striker strained his relationship with coach Karanka and also angered Boro fans – some of whom reacted angrily with insulting tweets.

Already, the striker has marked his return to the MLS on a good footing, scoring his first goal for Columbus Crew SC in their win over Toronto FC.

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