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Alhaji Kamara (born 16 April 1994) is a Sierra Leonean footballer who plays for Randers FC.

Alhaji Kamara
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Personal information
Full name Alhaji Kamara
Date of birth (1994-04-16) 16 April 1994 (age 25)
Place of birth Freetown, Sierra Leone
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Randers FC
Number 10
Youth career
Belvic United
FC Kallon
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2012 FC Kallon 31 (13)
2012Djurgårdens IF (loan) 5 (0)
2013IK Frej (loan) 14 (2)
2013IFK Värnamo (loan) 10 (6)
2014–2016 IFK Norrköping 40 (16)
2015Johor Darul Takzim (loan) 4 (1)
2016–2017 D.C. United 9 (1)
2017Richmond Kickers (loan) 9 (4)
2017–2018 Al-Taawoun 14 (5)
2018–2019 Sheriff Tiraspol 14 (9)
2019 Vendsyssel FF 8 (4)
2019– Randers FC 2 (1)
National team
2012– Sierra Leone 6 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13:41, 26 August 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 4 September 2016

Club careerEdit

He started his professional career at FC Kallon in the Sierra Leone National First Division. At a young age, he had trials with Tippeligaen club Fredrikstad FK and Portland Timbers of Major League Soccer. Eventually he was signed by Swedish club Djurgårdens IF just after turning 18 years old.[1]

Kamara failed to make an impact at Djurgårdens IF, and instead enjoyed loan spells to IK Frej and IFK Värnamo. Before the 2014 season, he was signed by IFK Norrköping, where he positioned himself as a key player during his first season. On 31 March 2015, Kamara was loaned out to Malaysia's Super League champion, Johor Darul Takzim FC (JDT) outfit from IFK Norrköping.[2]

However, the loan was cancelled in July 2015.[3] He returned to Norrköping, and featured fourteen times as the team won the league.

Kamara signed for D.C. United on 11 May 2016.[4] Kamara scored with his first touch in his debut for D.C. United just seconds after coming on against Sporting Kansas City at Children's Mercy Park. His goal was the difference, as United went on to win the match 1-0.[5]

On 2 February 2018, Kamara signed for Sheriff Tiraspol.[6] After one year in the club, he moved to Danish Superliga club Vendsyssel FF on 19 February 2019.[7][8] On 15 May 2019 it was confirmed, that Kamara would join Randers FC for the 2019-20 season on a free transfer.[9]

Heart defectEdit

In February 2016, it was reported that Kamara has a potential cardio issue that could have eliminated him from professional play. Kamara was effectively put on an indefinite restrain from playing football. Kamara was evaluated by MLS Cardioligist Consultant; Matthew Martinez, of Allerton PA; who is a specialist at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Through rigorous testing, Kamara was found that it was not the case that his condition could cause concern, and he was cleared to continue in his professional career with full medical clearance and it was announced that Kamara intended to continue his career in Major League Soccer club D.C. United where he would be allowed to play, with the understanding that he would undergo tests for preventative measures at the end of each season.

Career statisticsEdit

As of 12 May 2016.[10]
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Djurgårdens IF 2012 5 0 1 0 6 0
Total 5 0 1 0 0 0 6 0
IK Frej 2013 14 2 3 1 17 3
Total 14 2 3 1 0 0 17 3
IFK Värnamo 2013 10 6 1 2 11 8
Total 10 6 1 2 0 0 11 8
IFK Norrköping 2014 26 10 3 0 29 10
Johor Darul Takzim 2015 4 1 0 0 4 1
Total 4 1 0 0 0 0 4 1
IFK Norrköping 2015 14 6 4 3 18 9
2016 0 0 1 2 0 0 1 2
Total 40 16 8 5 0 0 48 21
D.C. United 2016 1 1 0 0 1 1
Total 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1
Career total 74 26 13 8 0 0 87 34

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Sierra Leone's goal tally first.[10]
No Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 29 February 2012 Estádio Nacional 12 de Julho, São Tomé, São Tomé and Príncipe   São Tomé and Príncipe 1–0 1–2 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
2. 13 October 2015 Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, Port Harcourt, Nigeria   Chad 1–1 2–1 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

HonoursEdit

IFK Norrköping

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Kamanor och Kamara nya inslag i DIF". Djurgårdens IF. Archived from the original on 11 September 2012. Retrieved 6 October 2012.
  2. ^ "Kamara lämnar – flyttar till Malaysia". Aftonbladet. Retrieved 12 May 2016.
  3. ^ IFK Norrköping. "Alhaji Kamara återvänder till Norrköping · IFK Norrköping". Archived from the original on 7 July 2015. Retrieved 12 May 2016.
  4. ^ Caitlin Murray (11 May 2016). "DC United sign 22-year-old Sierra Leone international striker Alhaji Kamara". MLS. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  5. ^ Arielle Castillo (30 May 2016). "Alhaji Kamara's goal on D.C. United debut sets MLS records". MLS. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  6. ^ "Добро пожаловать, Альхаджи". fc-sheriff.com (in Russian). FC Sheriff Tiraspol. 2 February 2018. Retrieved 7 February 2018.
  7. ^ VENDSYSSEL FF TILKNYTTER ALHAJI KAMARA, vendsysselff.dk, 19 February 2019
  8. ^ Barrie, Mohamed Fajah (23 February 2019). "Alhaji Kamara: Sierra Leone forward hopes to resurrect career in Denmark". BBC Sport. Retrieved 27 August 2019.
  9. ^ Officielt: Randers snupper Kamara, bold.dk, 15 May 2019
  10. ^ a b "Alhaji Kamara". soccerway.com. Soccerway. Retrieved 12 May 2016.

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