Mustard video: Norwich City’s Kei Kamara desperate to continue living dream
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Kei Kamara admits he is living the dream after inspiring the Canaries to victory over Everton, moving them three steps closer to Premier League safety in the process.
The introduction of the Sierra Leone international off the substitutes’ bench in the 58th minute proved a masterstroke by manager Chris Hughton.
The Everton backline struggled to cope with Kamara’s pace and power, demonstrated by his majestic header to pull City back on level terms before Grant Holt completed the job.
Kamara said he will remember his first goal in English football for the rest of his days – he just hopes he can reclaim the shirt he wore as a tangible reminder. “It was just a great moment of my life,” he said. “It hasn’t really sunk in yet.
“It’s not just a goal – when you get a goal and still lose 4-1 it doesn’t mean much but it was actually a goal that put the team in a better situation.
“For me it’s something that I will carry with me forever. The kitman wouldn’t let me keep my jersey though so I’m going to have to talk to him about that!”
The City faithful had a feeling they were bearing witness to a new hero following his cameo debut against Fulham following his loan move from Sporting Kansas City.
More displays like Saturday will have him rivalling skipper Holt as the fans’ favourite and Kamara admitted he is enjoying his newfound adulation.
“I’m just a happy person – I love feeding off the fans,” he said. “I’m a normal person – I’m going to walk home now. If I can interact with them any time then I really don’t mind it.
“I get a few heart shaped hands when I walk around the place and people see me. It feels like home already.”
The clamour will now start to award Kamara with a starting spot against Manchester United next weekend. However, the 28-year-old appreciates the time he has had to adjust to his new surroundings.
“I have all respect to the coach over here for not just throwing me in because anything can happen in one game,” he said. “I only came here one week after pre-season in America so he is really giving me time to get used to the speed of play.
“When he feels that the time is right for me to play more I’m sure he will make that decision.”
Kamara still feels he is some way from being fully match fit and believes he has even more to offer in the run-in to the end of the season.
“Training every day is going to help me out and get me used to a lot of stuff,” he added. “I’m not usually the guy that is completely out of shape – that’s not part of me.
“At the same time I’m not just going to come from the US and if the coach had thrown me out there and something had happened it would have been a sad journey for me. I’m working my way up there.”
Kamara thought his Premier League dream would have to be put on ice this season when a trial with Stoke in December didn’t work out.
Within a few weeks of a move to the Britannia failing to materialise he finds himself the darling of Carrow Road. “In the past few years I’ve really wanted to come across and play here,” he said. “As a kid you dream about it and you want to do it.
“I was with Stoke during December and after that I just told myself that I’m going to stay here in America and play the rest of the season and whatever happens after that fine.
“The next week, that’s when all this started happening.”