Sierra Leone forward Kamara’s home remains under police protection following the striker’s missed penalty against Equatorial Guinea at the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon last month.
After Sierra Leone’s 1-0 loss in Limbe, which eliminated them from the tournament, the residence of Kamara in Freetown was assaulted by assailants.
If Kamara had scored, they would almost certainly have secured a draw, which would have qualified them for the next round.
“I can confirm that police are still stationed outside Kei Kamara’s home to protect it from disgruntled youths who are enraged that he missed a penalty against Equatorial Guinea,” the Sierra Leone police deputy head of media told BBC Sport Africa.
“I can confirm that police are still stationed outside Kei Kamara’s home to protect it from disgruntled youths who are enraged that he missed a penalty against Equatorial Guinea.”
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As a proactive organization, the Sierra Leone police received intelligence indicating that furious youngsters planned to attack his home, prompting them to travel to the house even before the match was over.
“It was our decision to go to the house even before the match was over,” says the police chief.” We are aware of what occurred in the case of Umaru Bangura a few years ago, and we decided to be proactive.”
Apparently, this was in reference to the team’s captain, whose home was bombarded with stones after he missed another penalty in important circumstances, this one in stoppage time during a 2022 World Cup qualifying match against Liberia.
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The police department also stated that “no damage was done” to Kamara’s home and that “youths in the vicinity are collaborating with us.”
The former Norwich City and Middlesbrough striker has not yet responded to questions about the police presence.