NOVEMBER 18, 2014 By Sahr Morris Jr.
Sierra Leone striker, Kei Kamara, has for the first time made public reasons why he chose to play for Sierra Leone’s national team, Leone Stars, over the United States of America (USA).
According to the 30-year-old forward, he would not have achieve the success he has now playing for Sierra Leone if he was playing for USA, adding that playing for Sierra Leone has also helped him with different take in life.
“People ask, ‘How come you didn’t play for the US? My reply to all of that is I don’t think I would have had the same success I’ve had – because [playing for Sierra Leone] gave me a different drive in life and my perspective on everything was different,” the striker told Dave Zeitlin of MLSoccer.
Kei Kamara, who recently signed a new deal with Columbus Crew SC, could have had the chance to play for USA despite migrating to the US at age 16.
The striker further revealed: “Every time I wake up in the morning, instead of having everything, I realize where I come from. And I get to go back home more often to see my family. All of that hits a refresh button for me. It’s everything to me.”
Kamara, who is a regular in the Leone Stars squad, has already secured over 12 caps for Sierra Leone, but has missed the remaining four matches of Sierra Leone’s 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers due to club issues, with his last appearance for his country being against DR Congo, when he captained the squad.