Kei Kamara might say sorry to Sierra Leone
December, 18, 2010
By Scott French | ESPNLosAngeles.com
Lawndale's Kei Kamara is considering an apology for publicly criticizing Sierra Leone's soccer officials, hoping that will pave his road back to the national team.
Kamara (Leuzinger HS/Cal State Dominguez Hills), a wing-forward with Sporting Kansas City -- the Kansas City Wizards have rebranded -- was suspended from Sierra Leone's African Cup of Nations clash with South Africa in October after blasting national team officials for failing to pick up his travel expenses from the U.S. to Egypt for the qualifying opener in September.
He is vacationing in his native land and says he's met with Sierra Leone Football Association officials in an attempt to resolve differences.
“The fact that I want to play for my country and be with the team means [apologizing is] something I’m considering doing,” Kamara told Major League Soccer's Web site. “I have to be the bigger man in this situation, and I want to be back on the field.”
Sierra Leone's next qualifier is March 25 at Niger.
Kamara, 26, who escaped Sierra Leone as a teen during its 1991-2002 civil war, has played six times for the national team, usually partnered up front with fellow Kenema native Mohamed Kallon.
The five-year MLS veteran set career highs last season for goals (10), assists (6), games (29) and starts (27) in his first campaign with Kansas City. He played for Columbus in 2006-07 and Houston in 2008-09.