Kei scores on return to Sierra Leone national team after retirement 

Revolution’s Kei Kamara scores on return to Sierra Leone national team

Kei Kamara scored a dramatic goal for Sierra Leone on Saturday, in his first appearance for his country in nearly a year – but it wasn’t quite enough to push the Leone Stars into the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.

After Jonathan Kodjia’s spectacular bicycle kick opened the scoring, the New England Revolution striker’s glancing set-piece header drew Sierra Leone level with hosts Cote d’Ivoire in a match in Bouake to determine who would qualify out of Group I.

Kamara’s goal, his first at international level in two years, capped a lengthy exile brought on by frustrationswith his national team’s setup – and set up a tense finish, as the Leone Stars pressed for the late winner they needed to leapfrog their West African counterparts into first place.

Their rally fell short, however, ending with a Kamara shot cleared off the goal line in injury time. The 1-1 draw means that Cote d’Ivoire qualify for Gabon 2017, while Sierra Leone’s AFCON drought has now run more than two decades. The Leone Stars have not taken part in the tournament since 1996.

“We left our best on that field and can have no regrets as players,” Kamara told afterwards. “Putting on those colors means everything to us. We know how much our people wanted us to succeed, but unfortunately, the draw was not enough.

“I am happy to get a goal on the board, but it wasn’t enough so I can’t focus on that solo achievement. We as a team and nation just need to prepare better for the future.”

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About Patric Foryoh

Patric Foryoh Daboh is a blogger, Political, social activist,a satirist and co-founder & Co Editor of Makoni Times Newspaper based in United States of America. He studied Multimedia in the United States.He has met and interviewed personalities including Former vice-president of Sierra Leone Alhaji Sam Sumana, late Tamba Sam SLPP Secretary General , Gloria Strasser , David Tam Mbayoh , Agibu Jalloh, Chernor Bah, Murtala Mohamed , Mohamed Kamarainba Mansaray, J. Arr, Nasser Ayoub, Alpha Timbo, Robin Farley, Bai Mahmoud, and many more. Patric has produced the "Diolog" show at the TPN radio and was the social media correspondent for TPN . He has appeared on numerous daily newspapers publication in Sierra Leone. He blogs at Sierra Leone one man civil society blog on relationship, sex, marriage, faith & culture, politics, religion. He was the programming manager at Mamba TV. Patric Foryoh was named as the 54 Most Influential People in Sierra Leone by Swit Patric Foryoh represents the new wave of new voices in Sierra Leone/Africa media who are breaking boundaries and charting new territories. He is a husband and a father of a son and a daughter.

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