Kei Kamara breaks silence over shock retirement decision

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The Columbus Crew SC and MLS leading goal scorer Kei Kamara has broken his silence on why he has quit Sierra Leone, saying: “I grew up in a system [in the US], and I believe in a system. I believe having a system will give you success.

“No disrespect to any of [the players who continue to play for Sierra Leone],” he said. “I grew up in a system [in the US], and I believe in a system. I believe having a system will give you success. I’ve been trying to implement some of the systems over there for so many years, and I’m not seeing any little bit of progress. If no progress is going [to happen], there’s no chance [I’ll] keep wasting my time on It.” he told MLSsoccer.com

The former Middlesbrough striker announced on October 3 that he will be stepping away from the National Team (Leone Stars) indefinitely.

But, as Sierra Leone get ready for their second-leg World Cup qualifier after a shock 1-0 defeat to Chad on Saturday, Kamara emphasized that leaders at the football body are not ready to sacrifices like the players.

“I just see players making a lot of sacrifices,” he said. “But the people that control us, that organize all the games and everything, aren’t making sacrifices (like) players for the country. I can’t keep making those sacrifices, now that I have a family and all that. I have to look out for myself a little bit more.”

From travel to preparation, the striker says there’s no structure:

“There’s never been any trip that was any easier on us. It’s never less than 24 hours when it could be a 6-hour trip. Everything is just chaotic, everything in general. As players, we just have to really sacrifice and mentally be strong enough to overcome these obstacles. But it has not been anywhere close to good enough.”

Kei, 31, leaving his option open, “Obviously, my options are open to be back there,” he said. “I’ve had a lot of phone calls since I made that decision from ex-players, legends and family members and teammates saying, ‘Please come back, we need you,’ and stuff like that. But it’s not about that. It’s not about the phone calls. I didn’t do it so people could call me and beg me to come back. I did it because I want to see the best for the national team.”

Since 1996 Nations Cup in South Africa, it will be 21 years if Sierra Leone failed to qualify for the 2017 Nations Cup in Gabon or any major tournament, presently bottom of the group with two decisive games to go against Ivory Coast and Sudan.

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