Kei Kamara probably didn’t expect to have too much in common with his Norwich City team-mates when he joined the Canaries on loan from Sporting Kansas City in January.

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However, the Sierra Leone international has also felt what it’s like to be part of a side that’s beaten Manchester United during his time in Major League Soccer.

Whilst the Norwich squad can look back fondly over their 1-0 win over the Red Devils earlier in the season thanks to Anthony Pilkington’s header, Kamara can make a similar boast.

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson will know all about the 28-year-old after seeing him star in a pre-season friendly in 2010 as Kamara scored one and made another for Kansas City Wizards in a 2-1 win.

However, Kamara is used to being singled out as a danger man in America when he built a reputation as one of the hottest players in the MLS.

“I was part of the Kansas City team that beat Manchester United – they are the only team in America to have done that,” he said.

“I scored a headed goal and got an assist in a 2-1 win. So I may be a marked man against them now.

“But I’m 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.”

Kamara fever has gripped the Canaries since the impact he made coming off the bench against Everton as the striker turned the tide in City’s favour to inspire a 2-1 win.

He is pushing for a starting spot against United on Saturday but is likely to be named as a substitute again with manager Chris Hughton eager not to expect too much too soon.However, Kamara admits he has felt at home in Norfolk straight away, with his new team-mates helping to ease the transition from the MLS to the Premier League.

“The group is great – it makes me feel like home,” he said.

“This dressing room has the same energy as the one that I’m used to in Kansas.

“The guys are so friendly, there’s jokes so it makes you more relaxed. If I had come into a place that wasn’t so laid back I would feel more tension. I feel really welcome.”

Kamara’s loan spell with Norwich ends on May 6 meaning he would miss their last two games of the season against West Brom and Manchester City.

If he can build on his display against Everton, Hughton will undoubtedly look to extend that deal but, for the moment, Kamara is happy just to focus on trying to keep the Canaries in the Premier League.

“I’m just trying to focus and go game by game,” he said. “I want to help out as much as I can for the team to stay up and just make me be loved even more.

“When that time (the end of his loan spell) comes we will have to decide with my agent and everybody else.”

• Kei Kamara’s thunderous header just before half-time for Kansas City Wizards proved to be the winner against Manchester United during a pre-season friendly in 2010. Kamara rose highest to majestically head home past Ben Amos from a corner just before the break minutes after his side had been reduced to 10 men.

David Arnaud had given Kansas the lead early on, after being played in by Kamara, before Dimitar Berbatov equalised from the spot five minutes before the break after being brought down by Jimmy Conrad, who was sent off.

However, Kamara struck just over a minute later with what proved to be the deciding goal against a United side that also contained the likes of Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Nani.

26 comments

  • Twice , sorry ;!

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    mjc75

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

  • KK is a massie asset to Norwich, with his heading ability, if you have seen him in action in the MLS (youtube), then you will know what i mean as he makes space and oppitunities for himself, and attacks the ball as if his lift depended on it. I think it was a free header, but he had to work hard to get to the position he was in t attack the ball, and jump my god he towered over the mop head (Fellaini). I jus hoe that when the loan deal has ended we do try to secure his services on a perminant deal for at least 3 years.

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    H57

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

  • Looks like Everton were trying to defend zones not man for man? Or it could be man to man but really poorly...either way it was great movement to judge the flight, stay in space and finish superbly...credit goes to KK but defenders will be having nightmares about not attacking the ball or staying with the man...I'm inclined to heap praise on KK rather than worrying about the defending

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    Herr Fleck

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

  • Give up. 3 etherings. Thread currently running at only 50% S\O.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

  • Sitting behind the relevant goal, for previous crosses Felony Walsall over KK. I think he forgot about him for the one important cross? Free header or not it was one that I would have proud of if I'd been remotely capable of doing it myself.

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    DocOhNo

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

  • No Everton player within striking distance when he headed it, makes it a free header.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

  • Yes he had space to move into , but it's easy have it if nobody thinks you're a threat . But it was a very well taken header , and he can certainly jump . Nice to finally get your view , keep it coming .

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    mjc75

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

  • Words of Swissdom from the Alpine Canary. ;-) If we leave Hoots to manage Kei and the Great Expectations of him, we could have the Dickens of a season finalé. Sorry to see his loan ends with 2 games still to go, though. Will he do an Arnie Schwarzenegger: "I`ll be back"? Btw, is there a portent of success here? Robin van Persie fell into the Kamara pit!

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

  • Highlights from the Kansas City - Manchester United game http:www.youtube.comwatch?v=PzQ6HY_PhNE&list=FLQKjrUgx8AILMBPnrhVX9Vw

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    jough donakowski

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

  • At least the S\O % is reducing. Just wanted to sat I agree with Swiss. eh?

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

  • Went to Old Trafford for Man Utd v Norwich last season. Was a great experience, shame about the result, but, was one of those games where the scoreline isn't the whole story. Was almost very different. Hope we do the double over them! Have a United fan friend over here who thinks we are their new bogey team, so, you never know! :) In other news; Squirrels still popular.

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    Scrimmage Canary

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

  • watch it again. Fellaini is marking him follows his run but Kamara hesitates just enough to create the space. Clever header.

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    Steady On

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

  • As Dad used to say about his " Hammers " And NCFC Hero,peters, Kam ghosted in to score....Hairbear didn't see him disappear then pop up...BRILL! I like brewskie's scribblings,though some do go over my head,like the loc lamp.discussion..though I got the gist of the comparison :)

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    alan clark

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

  • If you look at the highlights , none of the Everton players including Felony , considered Special K to be a threat and simply left him . Looks like a free header to me too Swiss .

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    mjc75

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

  • Yes he had space to move into , but it's easy have it if nobody thinks you're a threat . But it was a very well taken header , and he can certainly jump . Nice to finally get your view , keep it coming .

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    mjc75

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

  • He shook off Fellaini, he was clever and he created the space for the header. It wasn't a "free header"

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    Steady On

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

  • I am glad to see that CH is trying to manage expectations about what KK can achieve for us. He was given a free header against Everton to get his goal as Maroon Felony did not seem to take him seriously to start with. He will be more closely marked now.

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

  • Crikey, talk about Archant cashing in on Kamara. ANOTHER story about him. Whatever would they have written about had he not scored?

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    CanaryWest

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

  • bore off brewer. Maybe theres a reason you get ethered all the time, eh?

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    Steady On

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

  • Trying yet again. Sigh. Words of Swissdom from the Alpine Canary. ;-) If Hoots manages our Great Expectations about Kei, we`ll have the Dickens of a season. Delia will cry "let`s be `Aversham". Btw: Good omen: Robin van Persie rolled into the Kamara pit last Saturday!

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

  • thanks for those kind words alan. ;-) My scribblings off-topic are only meant to amuse but you can`t please everybody! That Toc H Lamp thing was just a distant memory of something my father-in-law once told me, and it just stuck. Like lots of other useless stuff inside o` ma hid, bor! OTBC

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

  • It certainly was a great jump and a perfect header, the man looks like he has star potential, I hope we can keep him.

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

  • we like the Squirrels!

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    H57

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

  • no-one picked him up sure, but I think Kamara did well to create that space also.

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    Steady On

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

  • Here we go again........zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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    Kent Anglian

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

  • More stories about kamara please archant. the guy is awesome.

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    Steady On

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

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