By Boy Dolo
The former Nimba United defender has finally made his senior National Team debut, after eight seasons in the top flight of Liberian Football.
Barrack Young Controller (BYC) defender Kemoh Kamara made his senior National Team debut in Liberia 1-0 defeat to Kenya at the MISC Kasarani fStadium on Tuesday.
The defender known on the local scene as “John Terry” based on his brilliant control of the object with his head just like the England and Chelsea center back, came on as a 59th minute substitute for South Africa-based Dominic Doe and partnered well with his BYC teammate Prince Jetoh.
Kamara played for the Lone Star Under-20 team about six years ago, but could not catch the eyes of any of the National Team coaches, despite his brilliant performance in the national league.
He was named the best defender in the country after he captained Nimba United as they gained promotion to the Liberia Football Association First Division.
Kamara was also inspirational in helping the Mountaineers lift the LFA First Division Title in the 2014-2015 season.
The no-nonsense defender is the first player in Liberia to win the LFA First Division back to back, first with Nimba United in 2015 and BYC last season.
He also won the BYC Rocky award, a prize giving to the best defender of the club.
Meanwhile a Paul Were’s 56th minute strike ensured the Harambee Stars maintained their unbeaten run against the Lone Star.
Prior to the match, both countries met two times with Harambee Stars emerging victorious on both occasions.
Their only two meetings were during World Cup qualifiers in 1989 where Kenya won 1-0 on aggregate. The teams drew 0-0 in January in Monrovia before Stars won 1-0 at home on 12 August, 1989
Liberia had the first chance at goal through Mamelodi Sundowns’ Anthony Laffor whose shot from a tight angle was picked by Boniface Oluoch.
But the hosts reacted swiftly with numerous of chances, but Tommy Songo outstanding performance saw the first 45 minutes finishing nil-nil.
The Kenyan took the lead six minutes after recess with the Greece based winger (Were) beating the offside trap before rounding Songo to break the deadlock.
Laffor had a good chance to restore parity on the 71st minute when put through but blasted wide in a one against one situation.
LISCR FC defensive midfielder Saah Nyumah and Murphy Oscar Dolley were impressive in midfield agaisnt Tottenham’s Victor Wanyama. Both William Jerbo and Joel Johnson did not make the trip due to unexplained reasons