Medo with KuPS in 2006
|Full name||Mohamed Kamara|
|Date of birth||16 November 1987|
|Place of birth||Port Loko, Sierra Leone|
|Height||1.74 m (5 ft 8 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Defensive midfielder|
|2015||→ Maccabi Haifa (loan)||16||(1)|
|2003||Sierra Leone U17||3||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 July 2016|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 March 2016
Mohamed Kamara (born 16 November 1987), widely known as Medo, is a Sierra Leonean professional footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder for Kuwait SC in the Kuwaiti Premier League and the Sierra Leone national team. He also holds Finnish citizenship.
Medo was born in Port Loko and raised in Bo, Sierra Leone. Both of his parents were said to have been killed during the civil war in Sierra Leone. However, this is a claim that has since been denied by Medo himself.
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
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. In April 2010, Medo signed a contract extension at HJK to stay with the Finnish champions until June 2011. On 30 August 2010, he played his farewell match for HJK, in a 3–1 victory against IFK Mariehamn.
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 together with Pierre Boya. 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.
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. His debut came on 23 February as he came on as a substitute in Bolton's 4–1 win versus Hull City. His first goal for the club came on 30 March against Charlton Athletic as he scored Bolton's second in a 2–3 defeat.
After returning from loan to Bolton, Medo failed to make any competitive appearance for the club, before being released by mutual agreement in January 2016.
Return to HJK
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. 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. Finally, Medo debuted for his homeland in that match playing the full 90 minutes.
- As of 11 March 2016
|Maccabi Haifa (loan)||2014–15||16||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||17||1|
|Sierra Leone national team|
- Scores and results list Sierra Leone's goal tally first.
|1||2 June 2012||National Stadium, Freetown||Cape Verde||1–0||2–1||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|2||19 November 2014||Stade Tata Raphaël, Kinshasa||DR Congo||1–0||1–3||2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification|
- Finnish League Cup: 2006
- "Jalkapalloilija Medo sai Suomen kansalaisuuden" (in Finnish). karjalainen.fi. 19 March 2010. Retrieved 31 August 2010.
- "Partizanov Kamara ne može da igra za Finsku" (in Serbian). blic.rs. 5 January 2011. Retrieved 3 December 2012.
- "I have come here to win, says 'angry' Medo". theboltonnews.co.uk. 9 February 2013. Retrieved 9 February 2013.
- "HJK ja Medo jatkosopimukseen" (in Finnish). hjk.fi. 4 March 2008. Archived from the original on 24 July 2011. Retrieved 31 August 2010.
- "Medo jatkaa HJK:ssa vuoden 2011 kesäkuun loppuun" (in Finnish). hjk.fi. 6 April 2010. Archived from the original on 11 October 2010. Retrieved 31 August 2010.
- "HJK 3–1 -voittoon – Hieno ilta päättyi Medon jäähyväisiin" (in Finnish). hjk.fi. 30 August 2010. Archived from the original on 24 November 2010. Retrieved 31 August 2010.
- "Palloliitto ja Veikkausliiga palkitsivat vuoden parhaita" (in Finnish). palloliitto.fi. 15 November 2010. Retrieved 20 April 2011.
- "Kamara i Boya nove akvizicije" (in Serbian). partizan.rs. 31 August 2010. Retrieved 31 August 2010.
- "Bolton: Medo Kamara, Cian Bolger & Steve De Ridder sign". bbc.co.uk. 31 January 2013. Retrieved 1 February 2013.
- "Kamara signs for Wanderers". bwfc.co.uk. 31 January 2013. Retrieved 1 February 2013.
- "Bolton 4 – 1 Hull City". bwfc.co.uk. 23 February 2013. Retrieved 23 February 2013.
- "Charlton 3 – 2 Bolton". bbc.co.uk. 30 March 2013. Retrieved 27 May 2013.
- "Medo Kamara officially loaned to Maccabi Haifa". bwfc.co.uk. 19 January 2015. Retrieved 19 January 2015.
- "Medo Kamara leaves Bolton Wanderers". bwfc.co.uk. 14 January 2016. Retrieved 17 January 2016.
- "MEDO PALAA KOTIIN" (in Finnish). hjk.fi. 3 March 2016. Retrieved 3 March 2016.
- "FIFA ei myönnä Medolle edustusoikeutta Huuhkajiin" (in Finnish). palloliitto.fi. 9 December 2010. Retrieved 12 December 2010.
- "Finnish citizen set for S/Leone debut". sierraexpressmedia.com. 15 March 2011. Archived from the original on 18 March 2011. Retrieved 17 March 2011.
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