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Kei Kamara: Veteran Sierra Leone Striker Speaks Penalty Miss Knocked Country out Of AFCON
- Kamara was on the spot for missing a crucial penalty late in the game as Sierra Leone bowed out of the Africa Cup of Nations
- The veteran striker says he has no regrets at how the tournament panned out
- Sierra Leone, who only needed a draw to proceed to the last 16, fell to a 1-0 defeat to Equatorial Guinea
Sierra Leone’s veteran striker Kei Kamara has spoken up in the wake of a heartbreaking exit from the Africa Cup of Nations, saying he “has no regrets”.
Kamara missed a late penalty on Thursday, January 20 to dent Sierra Leone’s chances of reaching the next round of the competition as Equatorial Guinea claimed a 1-0 victory to finish second in Group E.
Pablo Ganet's 38th-minute strike was enough to ensure victory for Equitoria Guinea but for Sierra Leone, they will be left wondering “What if”, as they would have gone through as the best third-placed finishers had they forced a draw.
In an engaging game, Sierra Leone were awarded a last-minute penalty but 20-year-old goalkeeper Jesus Owono was up to the task as he saved Kamara’s penalty, ultimately confirming Sierra Leone’s fate.
Taking to social media, Kamara shared a photo of himself in his national team colours with a bold message.
“This is the beautiful game. Make sure you give it your all and have no regrets. It was an honour to fly Sierra Leone here in Cameroon at one of the best tournaments in the world ,” he said.
“Mama Salone, I love you and thank you for the celebrations,”
The result meant Comoros Islands advanced to the knockout stages as the best third place finishers, thanks to their impressive 3-2 win over Ghana on Tuesday.
Police in Kamara’s home
Sportsbrief earlier reported about a harrowing situation that saw police deployed at Kamara’s house to quell irate fans, who were unhappy with his penalty miss.
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Angry fans stormed the Freetown home of Kamara in their attempt to unleash mayhem, but security operatives were quick to respond.
Round of 16 fixtures
With the group stage of the Africa Cup of nations done, the competition is only set to get more exciting in the knockout stages.
The round of 16 will see some exciting clashes including Ivory Coast vs Egypt, Nigeria vs Tunisia , Guinea vs Gambia among others.
You can access the full set of fixtures here.