Kei Kamara sets sight on Columbus Crew No. 9 jersey


New Columbus Crew striker Kei Kamara has insisted on taking No 9 jersey from teammate Justin Meram on Twitter.

Kamara who was chosen by Columbus Crew ninth overall at the 2006 MLS SuperDraft and in two seasons, making 36 appearances scoring 5 goals believes he is up to the new task tweeted: “#9 it is.” with a photo of the jersey above.

The former Middlesbrough striker may have just been joking on tweeter, but former Kansas City goal poacher likes being the main man.

He said, “I’m going to love being the target guy, the center guy holding up the ball and being in the box more for crosses. It’s going to be great.”

“You don’t just stick as one center striker; if I make a run wide and the wide guy makes a run inside and he gets to stay in there.

“For me, the fact that I’ve played on the left, right and middle in those positions helps me a lot in knowing my surroundings and what’s around me.

But later the 30-year-old Sierra Leonean via a conference call from Florida said. “It’s a lot of pressure, to be honest,”

“But at the same time, I’m talking to Adam and Schoenfeld, and they know I’m not getting here to take anyone’s position or anything.

“I’m here to work as hard as anybody else and to work with the other strikers and play my part when my number is called.

“I’m a veteran, I’ve been in the League, and that’s definitely an advantage [over] them.

“But at the same time, I want to work as hard as they’re working to get on that field.”

But in his second spell with MLS, an older and wiser Kamara says he won’t be buckling under that pressure.

“Maybe in my earlier career I would have put a lot of pressure on myself and think, ‘I have to score. I have to score. I have to score,” he told

Meanwhile, Columbus Crew SC has acquired the service of DR Congo striker Cedrick Mabwati and Kei likely to face another tough competition in the squad. Dedrick from Real Betis is an attacking threat.


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