Kamara feels like home


It took 15 seasons and 130 goals to see Kei Kamara put on a CF Montreal jersey, but better late than never.

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“It’s really a dream come true to come here,” he insisted by videoconference on Friday. I would say that it’s been since 2016 that I wanted to come here. “It is very much the identity of the city that made him want to come and play there.

“I grew up in Sierra Leone, I learned French and I followed Ligue 1, I wanted to find this system. »

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We feel Kamara sincere when he talks about his desire to play for Montreal.

“I followed the team for a long time with guys like [Ignacio] Piatti and [Dominic] Oduro. This one calls me every minute to see how things are going here.

“There has been this connection between this city and me for a long time,” said the striker, who says he had messages from several former Montreal players.

We can easily understand that he experienced great emotions when he entered to take the place of Romell Quioto on Wednesday evening.

“It was really great to set foot on this pitch, especially in a Champions League game. »

Success

Montreal fans have always loved Kamara even though he was often the Impact’s torturer at the time.

In fact, according to our count, he amassed 13 goals and 2 assists in 19 games against Montreal, in all competitions.

The explanation of the sympathetic athlete is quite simple.

“When you’re young and you play against your friends, you want to beat them. When I played against Montreal, knowing that I wanted to play here, I knew that I was being watched and I wanted to build that relationship. »

Youth cure

At 37, Kei Kamara is by far the oldest player on the team.

In fact, there are only four other thirtysomethings, Rudy Camacho, Victor Wanyama, Romell Quioto and Bjørn Johnsen who are all 30 years old.

“Anyone can help me take a few years off my age because I’m the oldest here,” he laughed.

But he assures that he is in good shape, he has just participated in the African Cup of Nations.

“I took care of myself so that I could play as long as possible, I don’t smoke, I don’t drink, I’m in good shape. »

Use

It seems that Kamara and Wilfried Nancy haven’t had time to discuss the use that will be made of him.

At his age, he will certainly not be part of the 34 regular season games in MLS. However, he was open to all possibilities.

“When I came on as a substitute on Wednesday, I told Romell [Quioto], go get some rest so you’re ready for Sunday and let me finish the job. »

“If being a substitute is what I need to do to help this team, I will do it. But I will push the other attackers in order to keep them on their heels. »

The quarter-final against Cruz Azul will take place in Mexico City on March 9 and in Montreal on March 16.



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