Sierra Leone 2016 Home (#10- KAMARA) Jersey/Shirt
This is an Adidas Sierra Leone national team 2016 home jersey featuring the name and number of star striker Kei Kamara.
Kei Kamara is arguably the greatest player from come from Sierra Leone since the days of Mohamed Kallon and holds the title as the first Sierra Leonean to score in the English Premier League. Except for spells at Norwich City and Middlesbrough, Kamara has spent his the vast majority of his career in the MLS playing for a range of different clubs in the United States’ top-tier. He is the third all-time leading scorer in the MLS, having scored 139 goals in the league as of October 2022. At international level, he has been a key member of the national team since debuting in 2008 and has scored 7 goals in 39 matches for Sierra Leone.
The Leone Stars have a rich footballing history and regularly boast a squad mostly comprising of players from Europe’s top-tier, although they have traditionally found it difficult to compete against their much larger rivals in the West African region. Their greatest period was in the mid-1990s when, led by Inter Milan star Mohamed Kallon, they qualified for the 1994 & 1996 Africa Cup of Nations and won the Amilcar Cabral Cup in 1993 & 1995. In the following years, they achieved little success and were plagued by issues at their football federation, which eventually led to a suspension from FIFA preventing them from competing in the 2019 AFCON qualifiers. After decades of struggles, Sierra Leone made history in 2021 by securing qualification to the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time in 25 years, with a shock victory against Benin in the final qualifying match. At AFCON 2021, the team exceeded expectations, holding reigning champions Algeria to a 0-0 draw in the opening match and then coming from behind to record a 2-2 draw against a star-studded Ivory Coast side. A loss in the final group stage match to Equatorial Guinea prevented the Leone Stars from reaching the knockout stages, however hopes are high that the tournament can be the beginning of a new golden era in Sierra Leonean football.