Kei Kamara to donate appearance fee to fight Ebola


SEPTEMBER 12, 2014 By Sahr Morris Jnr.

Sierra Leone and former Middleborough striker, Kei Kamara, has said he would be donating his match appearance fee from the national team, Leone Stars towards the fight against Ebola in the country.

The former Sporting Kansas City forward was part of the Sierra Leone squad that played in the 2-1 defeat to Ivory Coast, scoring the team’s only goal, and Wednesday’s 2-0 defeat to DR Congo in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

After Wednesday’s defeat, the 30-year-old forward who captained the squad following the absence of captain Umaru Bangura, tweeted: “It was an honour to captain my national team today. Not the result we wanted considering that was our ‘home game’.” He added that he would be “donating 100% of my appearance fee to help [fight] Ebola in Sierra Leone”.

The striker has earlier likened the devastation caused by the Ebola outbreak in the country to “a sci-fi zombie movie”.

He said: “I was in Sierra Leone when it broke out. People didn’t take it that seriously at the time – it’s too late now. I know seven of the nurses in the hospital where I was born have passed away from helping Ebola patients. It’s a sad story and we just hope that more help will come.”