Mohamed Kamara

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Medo
Medo KuPS.jpg
Medo with KuPS in 2006
Personal information
Full name Mohamed Kamara
Date of birth (1987-11-16) 16 November 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth Bo, Sierra Leone
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Bolton Wanderers
Number 44
Youth career
2002–2003 Kallon
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006 KuPS 23 (0)
2007–2010 HJK 91 (13)
2010–2013 Partizan 52 (0)
2013– Bolton Wanderers 51 (3)
National team
2003 Sierra Leone U17 3 (0)
2011– Sierra Leone 19 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:00, 30 August 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of November 2014

Mohamed Kamara (born 16 November 1987), widely known as Medo, is a Sierra Leonean footballer who plays for Bolton Wanderers and the Sierra Leonean national team. He also holds Finnish citizenship.[1]

Early life[edit]

Medo was born and raised in Bo, Sierra Leone. Both of his parents were said to have been killed during the civil war in Sierra Leone.[2] However, this is a claim that has since been denied by Medo himself.[3]

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Medo started playing football in his school at the age of 7. His older brother, Kemoh Kamara, was teaching in the school and taught also football. At the age of 12, Medo joined his first club, Sierra Rangers. His football career took a great step forward after signing for top division club Kallon in 2002.

Career in Finland[edit]

After playing for the national youth selection in Finland, Medo escaped along with several teammates from their accommodation and applied for asylum. After he got asylum, Medo was ineligible to play professional football until his 18th birthday. During the waiting period, he trained with LehPa-77 in Kontiolahti. Medo signed his first contract with Veikkausliiga club KuPS before the 2006 season. After a season and relegation with the Kuopio-based club, he moved to HJK in the Finnish capital.

In his first year with HJK, Medo played in every league match and was voted for the club MVP of the season. In March 2008, he signed a new three-year contract, which would keep him with HJK until the end of the 2010.[4] In April 2010, Medo signed a contract extension at HJK to stay with the Finnish champions until June 2011.[5] On 30 August 2010, he played his farewell match for HJK, in a 3–1 victory against IFK Mariehamn.[6]

Despite the fact that he left HJK before the end of the season, Medo was awarded for the 2010 Veikkausliiga Player of the Year.[7]

Partizan[edit]

On 31 August 2010, a day after his last match for HJK, Medo signed a three-year contract with Serbian side Partizan. He was presented with another Partizan gain, Pierre Boya.[8] Medo made his debut for the club on 4 September 2010 in a home fixture against Hajduk Kula. He played for the full duration of the match as Hajduk were beaten 2–0. Medo also made five appearances in the 2010–11 UEFA Champions League group stage.

Bolton Wanderers[edit]

On 31 January 2013, Medo signed for English Championship club Bolton Wanderers on a three-and-a-half-year contract for an undisclosed fee, subject to international clearance.[9][10] His debut came on 23 February as he came on as a substitute in Bolton's 4–1 win versus Hull City.[11] His first goal for the club came on 30 March against Charlton Athletic as he scored Bolton's second in a 2–3 defeat.[12]

International career[edit]

Internationally, Medo played for the Sierra Leonean under-17 team that finished runner-up of the 2003 African U-17 Championship in Swaziland. He was also a member of the same team at the 2003 FIFA U-17 World Championship in Finland.

After spending seven years in Finland, Medo has expressed his wish to play for the Finnish national team, but FIFA ruled this out as they rejected his application to play for Finland in December 2010.[13] After FIFA's decision, Medo announced his availability for the Sierra Leonean national team and was subsequently called up to face Niger on 27 March 2011.[14] Finally, Medo debuted for his homeland in that match playing the full 90 minutes.

Career statistics[edit]

As of 24 June 2014

Club[edit]

Club Season League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
KuPS 2006 23 0 4 2 9 1 0 0 36 3
Total 23 0 4 2 9 1 0 0 36 3
HJK 2007 26 2 4 0 7 1 4 0 41 3
2008 26 4 5 0 7 0 0 0 38 4
2009 23 3 1 0 8 2 2 1 34 6
2010 16 4 3 1 6 1 4 1 29 7
Total 91 13 13 1 28 4 10 2 142 20
Partizan 2010–11 18 0 6 0 5 0 29 0
2011–12 26 0 4 0 6 0 36 0
2012–13 8 0 0 0 6 0 14 0
Total 52 0 10 0 17 0 79 0
Bolton Wanderers 2012–13 12 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 1
2013–14 35 2 2 0 2 0 0 0 39 2
Total 47 3 2 0 2 0 0 0 51 3
Career total 213 16 29 3 39 5 27 2 308 26

International[edit]

Sierra Leone national team
Year Apps Goals
2011 4 0
2012 4 1
2013 4 0
Total 12 1

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 2 June 2012 National Stadium, Freetown  Cape Verde 1–0 2–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying

Honours[edit]

KuPS
HJK
Partizan
Individual

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jalkapalloilija Medo sai Suomen kansalaisuuden" (in Finnish). karjalainen.fi. 19 March 2010. Retrieved 31 August 2010. 
  2. ^ "Partizanov Kamara ne može da igra za Finsku" (in Serbian). blic.rs. 5 January 2011. Retrieved 3 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "I have come here to win, says 'angry' Medo". The Bolton News. 9 February 2013. Retrieved 9 February 2013. 
  4. ^ "HJK ja Medo jatkosopimukseen" (in Finnish). hjk.fi. 4 March 2008. Retrieved 31 August 2010. 
  5. ^ "Medo jatkaa HJK:ssa vuoden 2011 kesäkuun loppuun" (in Finnish). hjk.fi. 6 April 2010. Retrieved 31 August 2010. 
  6. ^ "HJK 3–1 -voittoon – Hieno ilta päättyi Medon jäähyväisiin" (in Finnish). hjk.fi. 30 August 2010. Retrieved 31 August 2010. 
  7. ^ "Palloliitto ja Veikkausliiga palkitsivat vuoden parhaita" (in Finnish). palloliitto.fi. 15 November 2010. Retrieved 20 April 2011. 
  8. ^ "Kamara i Boya nove akvizicije" (in Serbian). partizan.rs. 31 August 2010. Retrieved 31 August 2010. 
  9. ^ "Bolton: Medo Kamara, Cian Bolger & Steve De Ridder sign". BBC Sport. 31 January 2013. Retrieved 1 February 2013. 
  10. ^ "Kamara signs for Wanderers". Bolton Wanderers FC. 31 January 2013. Retrieved 1 February 2013. 
  11. ^ "Bolton 4 – 1 Hull City". Bolton Wanderers FC. 23 February 2013. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  12. ^ "Charlton 3 – 2 Bolton". BBC Sport. 30 March 2013. Retrieved 27 May 2013. 
  13. ^ "FIFA ei myönnä Medolle edustusoikeutta Huuhkajiin" (in Finnish). palloliitto.fi. 9 December 2010. Retrieved 12 December 2010. 
  14. ^ "Finnish citizen set for S/Leone debut". sierraexpressmedia.com. 15 March 2011. Retrieved 17 March 2011. 

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