Sierra Leone goalie Mohamed Kamara steals the hearts of millions

Dylan Bettencourt

Sierra Leone caused a major upset at the African Cup of Nations (Afcon) when they held current champions Algeria to a 0-0 draw – largely courtesy of a mind-blowing performance by goalkeeper Mohamed Kamara.

It’s difficult to describe the brilliance of Kamara’s performance. His outing was nothing short of spectacular, making seven crucial saves, putting his body on the line with every save and earning himself the man-of-the-match award. 

Kamara, not by any means a household name in football, has sent shockwaves around the football world due to his unorthodox style and his courage in the goalmouth.

The 22-year-old, who plays for the East End Lions in his home nation, burst into tears upon receiving the award – showing just how much it meant to him to keep a clean sheet against one of the best teams in Africa. 

And being tearful was certainly justified. It was the first time in 36 matches, since 2018, that Algeria had failed to score. It is Sierra Leone’s first Afcon match since 1996 and Kamara has played fewer than 10 international fixtures for his country. 

Sierra Leone president Julias Maada Bio took to social media to praise his country’s goalkeeper for his 10 out of 10 performance. 

“We are very proud of you, our Leone Stars. Man of the match Mohamed Kamara you and the team gave the defending champions a great run. Together, we will make our roar heard across Africa and bring the cup home,” the president wrote on Twitter. 

Kamara and his Sierra Leone side will be hoping to make history by progressing to the group stages of the tournament for the first time. 

However, they will need to take all three points in one of their final two fixtures against Ivory Coast and Equatorial Guinea, and also hope that results work in their favour in the final group stage games. 

Image source: @BRFootball.