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Report: Kamara receives Sierra Leone callup in June

Some good news for the D.C. United/Kickers striker.

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D.C. United forward Alhaji Kamara has been called into the Sierra Leone national team for their Africa Cup of Nations qualification match with Kenya on June 10. The 23-year old forward has played for the Leone Stars first team 6 times, scoring 2 goals, and would not miss any potential first team appearances (D.C. hosts the LA Galaxy on June 3 and goes on the road to Toronto FC on June 17), though consideration for an appearance in the June 13 US Open Cup game may come into question.

Kamara’s recent history with his congenital heart disease which led to his retirement and eventual signing with the Black-and-Red has been documented, and Sierra Leone’s coach John Keister says that confirming Kamara’s availability to play will need to be checked with both FIFA and the CAF (the African soccer governing body) for confirmation.

Nevertheless, Kamara’s continual return to health and form before his unfortunate diagnosis remains encouraging, and we hope he manages to see the field for his national team once again.