Kei Kamara’s Crew future still in doubt


February 1, 2016 By Sahr Morris Jr. 

Sierra Leone striker Kei Kamara’s future with U.S. Major League Soccer (MLS) side Columbus Crew is still unclear despite the forward returning to the team’s training camp last week.

The 31-year-old goal poacher, who is said to be in a contract dispute with the club, officially reported to the team’s preseason camp last Wednesday and participated in his first practice of 2016 with the Black & Gold.

A photo on the team’s Twitter feed shows Kamara and teammates gathered on a field with coach Gregg Berhalter.

However, it is still unclear whether the player and club dispute has already been solved and coach Berhalter refused to address the Kamara rumours.

He told journalists in a press conference during the unveiling ceremony of striker Conor Casey that there is nothing much to talk about the forward.

“Obviously this is a press conference to talk about the signing of Conor Casey, but I’ll certainly address that,” Berhalter said. “We gave Kei a couple days off to be with his family and that’s the situation. He came back from a long trip to Sierra Leone where he hadn’t been in a long time and he had an excused absence from the first few days of training camp. He’s expected – he’s scheduled to be in town tonight. He’s flying out later tonight. We’ll see him tonight and he’ll be with the team tomorrow and there’s not much more than that than what I just said.”

The U.S. Major League Soccer season kicks-off on March 6 and Kamara is still on a contract with the Crew.