Norwich City’s former loan striker Kei Kamara has labelled his Canaries’ stint as an unforgettable experience as he prepares to make his MLS return for Sporting Kansas.

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Kamara is poised to be drafted back into Peter Vermes’ squad for Wednesday’s game against Seattle after making the last of his 11 senior Norwich appearances in the weekend Premier League defeat to Aston Villa. City declined an option to complete a permanent move for the 28-year-old, but Kamara had no regrets about grabbing his shot at the big time.

“I went over there just to prove myself, live my dream and show that I can play,” he said. “After a few games went by and I was doing well, I was really happy about the situation. But at the same time, I knew that whatever happened, it was going to be a win-win. I’m not surprised that it didn’t happen. The club is not safe, and if they had picked up my option and been relegated, I could have been, ‘Oh, maybe it’s better for me to pick up and go back home.’

“I said it before I went over there it was a dream to go overseas and play, but if it never happened, I wouldn’t have regretted it. My dream was always that I wanted to play pro soccer, I’m playing professional soccer in America, in the top league in America, so I would never have regretted anything.”

Kamara’s decisive late cameo in the 2-1 Premier League win against Everton brought him the only goal of his Canaries’ stint, and created a small piece of history as the first Sierre Leone player to score in the English top flight.

“Scoring a goal at home against Everton, against Tim Howard — it was amazing,” he said. “I found out all the history about it after the game, but it was something I will never forget. I think I held my own. It wasn’t easy, but at the same time it was a different experience. The reason why I enjoyed it so much was from my first game when I stepped on the field for Norwich City at Carrow Road, the fans showed me so much love.”

Kansas boss Vermes revealed a number of potential suitors in Europe have already been in touch and admitted he was surprised the Canaries opted not to keep Kamara beyond the current season.

“I thought he was gone,” Vermes told the club’s official site. “Honestly, I thought he was gone. I thought they were going to pick him up. It’s interesting that they didn’t and we’re the ones who are the fortunate ones now. I was a little concerned before I talked to him because I wanted to see what his reaction would be, but he was tremendous. His attitude was perfect. He was like, ‘Look, I’m excited. I’m coming home. I’m ready. I’m getting on the first flight.’ It’s a great situation. It’s not like he hasn’t been playing. He’s been playing week after week. It’s not like he’s completely out of shape or something.”

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23 comments

  • Shame. It may not have worked out for him but I still think he is a good player and, in the right position, would have done a good job. I wonder if we will start to see Becchio now.

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    CovCanary

    Tuesday, May 7, 2013

  • I for one am grateful for Kei coming over to help out. I'm sorry it didn't work out, he seems like a really nice bloke. I'll be keeping an eye on him from now on, where ever the game takes him. Cheers Kei!

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    Norfolk'n'good

    Tuesday, May 7, 2013

  • Hall of Famer for certain. With a share of Image & Marketing rights for McGnarly`s coffers. All good. Makes you realise what impostors the likes of Kevin Keelan and Dave Stringer really are. Not to mention Dean Ashton.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, May 8, 2013

  • Fangs for the memory, KK.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, May 8, 2013

  • I liked Kei's enthusiasm and ability to jump! Certainly had a big hand in the win v Everton and the draw at Sunderland. Better as lone front man than he got credit foe BUT his positional sense left a lot to be desired, if there was a wrong channel to run.......

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    DocOhNo

    Wednesday, May 8, 2013

  • I love Swansea too. My other favourite teams at the moment are Ar$enal and Aston Villa - no? OK, I admit that is a stretch too far.

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    Coldharbour Canary

    Tuesday, May 7, 2013

  • by Kei, think our manager liked you more than he liked Vaughan Jackson Martin et al, Good Luck back in Kansas where eveyone returns to at the end.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Wednesday, May 8, 2013

  • I for one am glad that Kei Kamara chose to come to Carrow Road as I felt he was a breath of fresh air in what was becoming a very stagnant, lazy approach from the original players. Those first 5 minutes where he was brought on as a sub he ran his heart out and looked like he was going to prove to be a nuisance to upcoming opposition. Unfortunately he was hampered by the negative tactics used and perhaps we never got to TRULY see what he was capable of. He may not have been up to the standard but I was at least pleased to see him work his socks off every time he was played. There's a few players who could really learn from his example in that respect (Howson anyone?). Wigan have lost to Swansea so that has relieved the tension a little, however they could still possibly get 6 points from their remaining games, it wouldn't be unlikely in all honesty as they gave Swansea a great test this evening. West Brom is now a must win game however knowing what Norwich are like we will probably beat Man City!

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    wisemanthree

    Tuesday, May 7, 2013

  • Well done you Swans! A great victory over Wigan. Swansea are now officially my second favourite team!

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    Flying Canary

    Tuesday, May 7, 2013

  • As for Kei. I thought he was ok. Wrong time, wrong place, but he could do a job for someone in the Prem - just not us a the minute. Could see him at Hull maybe?

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    Coldharbour Canary

    Tuesday, May 7, 2013

  • How many more times are the PU going to run the same non-story about Kamara with a slightly different headline??? He was a nice bloke. He wasn't good enough. End of.

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    Timbo

    Tuesday, May 7, 2013

  • Glad City have saved their money for hopefully someone better.

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    goldie

    Tuesday, May 7, 2013

  • For those of you who may be interested, you can check out Sporting KC and local reaction on sportingkc.com and kansascity.com (That's the KC Star website). He enjoyed Norwich City fans and the club, having a good feeling about all. There's much publicity here about his return.

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    Man from the Prairie

    Tuesday, May 7, 2013

  • I'd have to agree that he's probably not up there as a player Norwich would look to sign for next season. But i think some are not showing enough recognition of the impact he has had on our league position. Changed the game against Everton and put in a good performance at Sunderland. Without those four points we'd be sitting 18th right now.

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    Pablo

    Wednesday, May 8, 2013

  • Swansea leading 2-3 now at Wigan !!!

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    Dubai Canary

    Tuesday, May 7, 2013

  • I know a lot of people will disagree but I for one thought that he was poopypants, he was only played because he'll listen to Hughton who obviously wants a striker who will always get behind the ball.

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    Billy

    Tuesday, May 7, 2013

  • Not his fault.....As a striker you rely on a decent supply from midfield and out wide,Norwich have neither!

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    dave123

    Tuesday, May 7, 2013

  • I also have no regrets about his departure.

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    Ellie

    Tuesday, May 7, 2013

  • KK was a decent guy, put in a shift and I am sorry it did not work out into a full time deal ! Would have been a great impact player with the squad I feel. Anyway for those panicking it's Wigan 2 Swansea 2 now !

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    Dubai Canary

    Tuesday, May 7, 2013

  • Reminded me of Ade Akinbiyi. Bit too much of an attacking player for the current set up. Any good midfielders at Leeds loking for a move?

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    Pondlife

    Wednesday, May 8, 2013

  • I said he was hopeless and all you lot told me I was wrong. I said Whooton was hopeless and all you lot said I was wrong. I told you Holt was finished and all you lot told me I was wrong. Take it from me Ged is never wrong. Bow down t the alter of Ged Steroo. Thanks pals, warm regards, your hero, Ged x

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    Ged Steroo

    Tuesday, May 7, 2013

  • Wigan 1 up ! We are on our way down. Hughton this was obvious to everyone from January onwards apart from you

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    andys

    Tuesday, May 7, 2013

  • I for one would have signed KK as he at least showed enthusiasm, some ball ball skill and speed. Chris Martin may or may not have a better level of skill but lacked enthusiasm and speed. Likewise Simion Jackson has enthusiasm but falls behind KK on the other two fronts. Lets face it, we now do not have the strike force to trouble WBA, we should have been starting that game with KK and Holt with Beccio on the bench.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, May 7, 2013

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