Sierra Leone’s Medo Kamara – soon to play for the Gunners?

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Sports transfer rumors and trades are common. Today the buzz is around Leone Stars’s Medo Kamara who is currently signed to Partizan Belgrade in Serbia. When I heard that Arsenal had shown interest in him, I had flashbacks of the Champions League match at Emirates stadium back in 2010.

In that match up Arsenal won  3-1 against Partizan securing passage to the UEFA last sixteen draw but Kamara shined that night. His pace and strength were a threat to the gunners. He must have made an impression on Wenger and the scouts at Arsenal.

But the rumors surrounding Arsenal’s interest in him, are being published by Kamara’s own agent and not Arsenal’s management. After all, it is the January transfer window period when agents try to push their players.

Since the initial rumor of Kamara’s transfer broke, he has since also been linked to Chelsea and Liverpool. Unlikely as it might be, I still hope his agent is successful in getting him in with a premiership team.

As a dual Sierra Leonean / Finnish national, Kamara would have little trouble securing a work permit. He would have an immediate impact on Arsenal than with Chelsea or Liverpool as the former is the only team currently in the competition.  Add that to the multitude of defensive injuries currently being faced by the Gunners, and Kamara seems a no-brainer pick for Wenger who famously missed out on other African stars like Samuel Eto and Yaya Toure.

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Born in Bo, Sierra Leone, Medo Kamara was a member of the notorious Sierra Leone under-17 team that competed in the 2003 World Cup in Finland.  After loosing out to the Freddy Adu led U.S team in the final group stage game, he and several of his teammates decided to escape from their accommodations and seek asylum in Finland.  After successfully being granted asylum, Kamara had to wait till his 18th birthday before FIFA granted him his player license.

Later, FIFA denied his attempt to play for the Finnish National team and so he debuted for the Leone Stars in a Nations Cup qualifier against Niger in Freetown. Though Leone Stars went on to win that game, they would unfortunately fail to qualify for the African Cup of Nations (CAN)

Ironically, Sierra Leone’s failure to qualify for the CAN could work in Kamara’s favor in securing a premiership move . Lately, teams have been reluctant to sign African players for fear of loosing them to the CAN in the middle of  the season.