Why Kai kamara resigned from Sierra Leone national football team

35 year old Sierra Leonean striker who plays in the MLS for Colorado Rapids, Kei Kamara has retired from International football with immediate effect on the eve before the match between Sierra Leone and Lesotho.

Kamara made his debut for the national team in 2008 in the match against Equatorial Guinea, since then Kamara has played 29 games for Leone Stars with 5 goals.

Reasons why he quit, according to him.

  1. Unhappy with the slow improvements of the national team.
    • I can confirm that I have retired from international football because I’m unhappy with the progress of the national team.
    • I’ve been with the national team for almost 12 years and there has been no improvement, no plan for the direction, the national team should go from youth level to senior level.
  2. Coach Sellas Tetteh not able to take the team anywhere.
    • Coach Tetteh is a good man and has good intentions. But he’s an old man who I don’t believe is able to really improve us and move us forward.
    • My colleagues are playing in top leagues around the world and we’re learning new things everyday when we are with our clubs but not with Sellas, with him it feels like we are going backwards.
    • I put my ego aside and decided to come for the upcoming matches to work with Sellas because I want to see the growth of Sierra Leone football.
    • We tried over and over to talk him to work together with us the senior players in the team, but he didn’t listen to us and he is not doing the right things to help the players grow.
  3. Concern for the welfare of locally based players.
    • Home based players we’re not in camp so they don’t feed them, they just show up for training every morning for the Lesotho match without eating at home, Kei explained.
    • Player should be always happy when playing for the national team, they should get special treatment but there is none. It looks like punishment when you’re with the national team.
    • This has been the case even before the days of Mohamed Kallon in the team, it has been the same complaint all the time, we’ve gone through the same for over 20 years nothing has changed.

This is the second time Kamara has announced his retirement from international football after doing the same in October 2015, because he said the national team players we’re not respected and treated fairly.

Story by: Alhassan Lamin Kargbo

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