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Thursday 2 October 2014

United hold no fears for Kamara

Published 25/02/2013 | 08:51

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Facing Manchester United will be nothing new for Kei Kamara, centre

On-loan Norwich forward Kei Kamara is not worried about being a marked man at Manchester United next week having already got the better of the Red Devils when playing for Kansas City.

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The Sierra Leone forward came off the bench for the final 30 minutes of Saturday's victory over Everton, scoring a late equaliser with a towering header from a corner before captain Grant Holt netted in injury time to give Chris Hughton's men a first league win in 10 attempts.

Kamara faced Sir Alex Ferguson's star-studded squad during their pre-season tour in 2010, and said: "We played against United when I was with the Kansas City Wizards and they were on a pre-season tour of America. We were the only team to beat them, I scored and got an assist in a 2-1 win."

He continued: "Almost everyone was in the United team, (Paul) Scholes and (Ryan) Giggs were playing and (Dimitar) Berbatov scored their goal, all their top guys were playing.

"So I may be a marked man against them next week now, but that actually makes it a lot of fun for me. I am used to being man-marked in America and it just means I have to work much harder because you have to do different tricks to get past people and I really enjoy that."

Following an unsuccessful trial at Stoke in December, the 28-year-old - whose move to Norwich could be made permanent in the summer - intends to make the most of the chance given to him by Hughton and an opportunity to bring his charity work to a new audience.

"It is a great, great moment in my life. It means a lot to me to be the first player from Sierra Leone to score in the Premier League," Kamara said.

Speaking about his charity work, he added: "It is something I have been doing for the last few years and I am building up the foundation in America.

"It means I can give something back to the people in my country. It will provide kids in Sierra Leone with school fees and scholarships. I am just trying to help them as much as I can.

"Hopefully it will help the kids to have hopes and dreams and to realise that they can do something in life."

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