|Full name||Malvin Ginah Kamara|
|Date of birth||17 November 1983|
|Place of birth||Plumstead, London, England|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Playing position||Midfielder / Full-back|
|West Ham United|
|2004–2006||Milton Keynes Dons||48||(3)|
|2008||→ Grimsby Town (loan)||2||(0)|
|2010||Forest Green Rovers||2||(0)|
|2012–201?||Hampton & Richmond Borough|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Starting his professional career with Wimbledon in 2003, he remained as the club became the Milton Keynes Dons, before he transferred to Cardiff City in 2006. The following year he moved on to Huddersfield Town via Port Vale. He spent a brief time on loan at Grimsby Town in 2008, before he entered non-league football with Barrow in 2009. Over the next three years he spent brief periods at Guiseley, Forest Green Rovers, Stafford Rangers, Tamworth, Farnborough, Dulwich Hamlet, and Lewes, before he signed for Hampton & Richmond Borough in August 2012.
Kamara came through Wimbledon's youth setup, joining on a professional basis in January 2003. His debut came on 21 April 2003 at Selhurst Park, in a 2–0 win over Preston North End. He was a 72nd minute substitute for Patrick Agyemang. He managed to establish himself as a semi-regular in the 2003–04 season, playing 27 First Division games. His first goal came in a 2–1 home defeat to Sunderland on 6 April. His second game eleven days later, in a 3–2 win at the Valley Parade, opening the scoring against Bradford City after just five minutes.
He stuck with the club through their transformation into the Milton Keynes Dons, in the summer of 2004. He made 29 appearances in the MK Dons first ever season, scoring once in the League Cup in a 3–0 at Peterborough United and once in the league against Walsall. He was to play 30 games the following season, as the club suffered relegation from League One.
Cardiff City, Port Vale and Huddersfield Town
In July 2006, after finding out he would not be offered a new contract at the club, Kamara moved on to Cardiff City. He made sixteen appearances for Championship side Cardiff, though made just four starts.
In June 2007 he signed with Huddersfield Town. Regular first team football followed in the 2007–08 season as he played fifty games over all competitions for the Yorkshire based club. He scored five goals, including two against Accrington Stanley in the FA Cup First Round tie at the Crown Ground. These goals proved vital in what was a 3–2 win, helping the club to eventually reach the Fifth Round, where they were beaten 3–1 by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. He joined League Two side Grimsby Town on loan in September 2008, making his debut for the club in a 1–0 defeat by Barnet at Blundell Park on 28 September. He returned to the Galpharm Stadium on 25 October, after playing just two matches at Grimsby. He was released by Huddersfield in May 2009, his three appearances for the club during the 2008–09 season a stark contrast to his virtual ever-presence the season previous.
In August 2009, he joined old-club Port Vale on trial, hoping to impress mew manager Micky Adams. The trial ended quickly however, Adams instead opting to look at other options, and Kamara with an offer of a trial at an unnamed League One club. On 25 September 2009, it was announced that Kamara had signed for Conference National side Barrow. He made his debut the following day in Barrow's 3–0 away defeat at Salisbury City. Kamara scored on his home debut three days later in a 3–1 win over Mansfield Town. Despite being a regular starter in the side, Kamara was released due to personal reasons at the start of December. He joined Guiseley of the Conference North in February 2010, but left at the end of the season seeking a professional contract. In the summer he went on trial at Bradford City, but did not sign.
In October 2010 he signed a non-contract deal with Conference National side Forest Green Rovers. After making only a few league appearances he was released in December of that year. In January 2011, Kamara signed for Conference North side Stafford Rangers. Kamara did not play any games for Stafford however before moving back into the Conference. He then signed for Tamworth on 18 January 2011. He made his debut the same day, coming on as a substitute against Altrincham. In March 2011, Karama had his contract cancelled, as did youth players Troy Wallen and Alando Lewis. A few days after his contract was cancelled with the "Lambs", Kamara joined Farnborough in the Conference South. However he quickly changed his mind, and instead opted to join Dulwich Hamlet in the Isthmian League Division One South. He grabbed a brace for Dulwich in a 5-2 defeat of Chatham Town on 16 April.
He signed for Lewes of the Isthmian League Premier Division in August 2011. The 2011–12 season was turbulent for the "Rooks", with numerous management changes at The Dripping Pan; Lewes ended the season one place and two points outside the play-offs. He switched to league rivals Hampton & Richmond Borough in August 2012.
The son of Albert and Winifred Kamara, he has an elder brother and a half-sister, as well as a twin-brother Michael, who is the lead singer of funk band Nexus. Kamara himself is something of a soul singer, having taken the mic at a charity concert in January 2005. He had an odd ritual of watching Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory before every game in order to calm his nerves.
Kamara entered the energy industry after retiring as a player, and in 2016 co-launched recruitment, consultancy and coaching consultancy firm Vallum Associates.
|Club||Season||Division||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|Milton Keynes Dons||2004–05||League One||25||1||2||0||1||1||1[a]||0||29||2|
|Port Vale||2006–07||League One||18||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||18||1|
|Grimsby Town (loan)||2008–09||League Two||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||0|
|Huddersfield Town||2007–08||League One||43||3||5||2||1||0||1[a]||0||50||5|
|Forest Green Rovers||2010–11||Conference National||2||0||1||0||–||–||0||0||3||0|
|Stafford Rangers||2010–11||Conference North||2||0||0||0||–||–||0||0||2||0|
|Lewes||2011–12||Isthmian League Premier Division||25||0|
- Appearance/s in the EFL Trophy.
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- "Port Vale capture winger Kamara". BBC Sport. 16 January 2007. Retrieved 8 June 2009.
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- "Mariners make double loan swoop". BBC Sport. 26 September 2008. Retrieved 8 June 2009.
- Elliot, David. "Grimsby Town vs Barnet". grimsby-townfc.premiumtv.co.uk. Retrieved 8 June 2009.
- "Huddersfield release five players". BBC Sport. 12 May 2009. Retrieved 8 June 2009.
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- Shaw, Steve (27 August 2009). "Port Vale: No return for Kamara". The Sentinel. Retrieved 27 August 2009.
- "Barrow sign right side midfielder". Barrow A.F.C. Official Website. 25 September 2009. Retrieved 25 September 2009.
- "Kamara Out of Picture for AFC". North West Evening Mail. 1 December 2009. Retrieved 15 July 2011.
- "League Two - Bradford pursue Chilaka". Yahoo News. 16 September 2010. Retrieved 15 July 2011.
- "Two players leave Forest Green". Forest Green Rovers. 1 December 2010. Retrieved 12 January 2010.
- "Kamara signs for Stafford". Non League Daily. 4 January 2011. Retrieved 4 January 2011.
- "Matt Elliott loses Malvin Kamara". Express and Star. 18 January 2011. Retrieved 16 July 2011.
- "Kamara signs for Tamworth". Stroud News & Journal. 18 January 2011. Retrieved 18 January 2011.
- "Tamworth sign Jason Bradley and Malvin Kamara". BBC Sport. 18 January 2011. Retrieved 16 July 2011.
- "Lambs target Smith for crunch away trip". ThisIsTamworth.co.uk. 17 March 2011. Retrieved 17 March 2011.
- "Farnborough Sign Malvin Kamara". FarnboroughFC.co.uk. 21 March 2011. Retrieved 21 March 2011.
- "Kamara joins Boro squad". bluesqsouth.com. 5 April 2011. Retrieved 16 July 2011.
- "Dulwich Hamlet 5 Chatham Town 2". dulwichhamletfc.co.uk. 17 April 2011. Retrieved 16 July 2011.
- "Firsts Player Profiles". lewesfc.com. Retrieved 9 September 2011.
- Street, Tim (15 August 2012). "Former Cardiff and Huddersfield man signs for Boro". Hounslow Chronicle. Retrieved 23 August 2012.
- "Footballer's got a soulful pitch!". BBC News. 18 January 2005. Archived from the original on 9 July 2011. Retrieved 8 June 2009.
- Charles, Chris (13 May 2009). "Sport quotes of the week". BBC Sport. Archived from the original on 19 May 2009. Retrieved 8 June 2009.
- "Vallum Associates launches for energy industries". Recruiter. 16 May 2016. Retrieved 20 July 2016.
- "Games played by Malvin Kamara in 2002/2003". Soccerbase. Retrieved 5 September 2011.
- "Games played by Malvin Kamara in 2003/2004". Soccerbase. Retrieved 5 September 2011.
- "Games played by Malvin Kamara in 2004/2005". Soccerbase. Retrieved 5 September 2011.
- "Games played by Malvin Kamara in 2005/2006". Soccerbase. Retrieved 5 September 2011.
- "Games played by Malvin Kamara in 2006/2007". Soccerbase. Retrieved 5 September 2011.
- "Games played by Malvin Kamara in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Retrieved 5 September 2011.
- "Games played by Malvin Kamara in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Retrieved 5 September 2011.
- "Games played by Malvin Kamara in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Retrieved 5 September 2011.
- "Games played by Malvin Kamara in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Retrieved 5 September 2011.
- Malvin Kamara profile at Soccerway
- "Malvin Kamara". National Football Teams. Retrieved 10 July 2016.