Kei Kamara returns to Sporting Kansas City as Norwich City rule out permanent deal

Kei Kamara (right) celebrates his equaliser against Everton with dance partner Sebastien Bassong. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images Kei Kamara (right) celebrates his equaliser against Everton with dance partner Sebastien Bassong. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images

Sunday, May 5, 2013
1:22 PM

Norwich City have confirmed that striker Kei Kamara’s loan spell has ended and he will now return to Sporting Kansas City.

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The 28-year-old signed on loan for the Canaries during the January transfer window and played 11 times, scoring once in the 2-1 win against Everton.

Kamara posted on Twitter: “I want to thank the Norwich City organisation for everything they did for me. Not everyone gets to live their dreams, but they gave me mine.

“Also thank you to all the fans in the UK especially in Norwich, Norfolk for welcoming me with warm arms. Top class people/fans.

“Will always have a place in my heart for Norwich. #HeartShapedHands to all u guys & I wish the boys best of luck in next 2 weeks. God bless.”

Robb Heineman, CEO of Sporting Club (the parent organization of Sporting Kansas City), told the Kansas City Star: “They declined the option to purchase him, so he’s going to be back. He’ll get back - I don’t know if it’s going to be sometime (Sunday) or Monday - but he’ll be back.

“There’s a ton of interest in him. There’s probably a dozen teams that have contacted us, including three teams that have contacted us this afternoon.

“To be honest, we wouldn’t be interested in another loan and nobody’s talked to us about that. The only discussions we’ve had have been for an out-and-out transfer. Either we’re going to do a new long-term deal with him and lock him up here for good or we’ll transfer him.

“I’m surprised. He performed pretty well, but obviously their loss today put them in relegation danger.

“Obviously, he’s got a lot of familiarity with all the guys here and we welcome him back. He’s a player that we love and we’re really happy to give him the opportunity to go over there and see what we could make happen.

“I’m quite sure he will be back there soon, but in the interim we’re glad to have him back.”

Shortly after the Canaries’ defeat to Aston Villa, Heineman posted on Twitter: “That’s the greatest plane ticket from England I’ve ever bought. For some reason it gave me #heartshapedhands.”

Heineman didn’t rule out the possibility the striker could return to action for Sporting as soon as Wednesday against the Seattle Sounders.

33 comments

  • Holt has not really looked up for it all season and I suspect will leave in the summer on a low after three previous glorious years. KK had a lot to offer even if it was only raw enthusiasm. I, like many other season ticket holders, probably now feel somewhat conned because when the early ticket renewal was on the table, we were sitting in a reasonable position in the league. Since we have committed yet more hard earned money to the club, it has been in freefall and the board have been too blind to see that something needed to be done such as replace the incompetent manager.

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    TrevorKeith

    Monday, May 6, 2013

  • and the reason we signed him was ???...At the end of the day was he any better than say Chris Martin?

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Sunday, May 5, 2013

  • I too am sorry to see KK go as he at least put some efort in, more than I can say for GH of late, apart from petulant petty fouls. I too feel sorry for Bechio as he has not been given any real chance to shine, why was Simion in the squad ahead of him yesterday, after all he had scored something like 16 goals for Leeds so cannot be that bad.

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    TrevorKeith

    Sunday, May 5, 2013

  • Disagree. I thought he really had some good moments. Played well at Sunderland. However, doubt we could afford him with the parachute payments, because we are staring relegation far square in the face. Mr Negative has brought us down to that.

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    Tim Claxton

    Sunday, May 5, 2013

  • So Kamara's not good enough for the PL, yet we've been playing him as more or less our main striker for the last few months! Now CH is going to expect Bechio to come in and put the performances in is he, after not even making the bench?! In fact he probably won't even pick him now as he will not want to lose face, especially if (dare to dream) he actually scored!

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    Smudger75

    Sunday, May 5, 2013

  • Goodbye to Kei and good luck. I hope he gets another chance in the Prem somewhere else.

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    Coldharbour Canary

    Sunday, May 5, 2013

  • Grumpy , frankly anybody will do . Don't knock Woods just because he was a keeper , remember Mike Walker . As for Neville , why not ? Phelan could well see it as the ideal opportunity to be " the boss " . Be honest , we need someone , and everyone has to start somewhere . We can't afford Mourihno , and Hughton is c#%p .

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    mjc75

    Sunday, May 5, 2013

  • I have just been watching Sporting Lisbon (I dont think RVW was playing) and they are about as good as us at creating chances.Having watched RVW three times now I think there has been a bit of hype going on with his so called ability.I have seen nothing to make me sit up and take notice.We shall see

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    Grumpy

    Sunday, May 5, 2013

  • I don't understand the Kamara hate - true, he only scored one goal (even though he basically scored another against Sunderland which Hoolahan stole), but at least he was prepared to have a go in front of goal and actually try and beat players - with just Grant up front we have looked predictable, and I don't know where goals are going to come from against West Brom next week without 'Special' K

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    ragniblov

    Sunday, May 5, 2013

  • Ragniblov I dont see any Kamara hate here. I think we all know he gave 100% for NCFC and we all have a lot of time for him.

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    CanaryWest

    Sunday, May 5, 2013

  • Agree with CanaryWest. Dont know why CH played him so much-nice guy and honest trier-just like CH who needs to go asap.

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    scousecanary

    Sunday, May 5, 2013

  • KK is back in KC arriving Sunday evening. I'm adding a link to a news conference when he talks about Norwich City and his time there. There is also a welcoming party video and a news conference by coach Peter Vermes. Here it is. If it doesn't go through, go to Sporting KC website. http:www.youtube.comwatch?v=Xus0EStgDqs

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    Man from the Prairie

    Tuesday, May 7, 2013

  • What on earth are you talking about mjc75.Chris Woods is a goalkeeping coach,Neville has no experience and do you really think Phelan would leave Man.Utd to go anywhere never mind Norwich.I'll give you O'niell,at least he has experience.

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    Grumpy

    Sunday, May 5, 2013

  • The board should have invested money into a quality European (as of yet) proven in the premier league striker like Michu or Benteke LAST summer. It's all too late now. I'm glad we don't have a heavy spending board that could create debt and what ever else but they do seem naïve and hopeless.

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    Drossel

    Monday, May 6, 2013

  • if city were to have played attacking football like we had under Lambert then he probably would have scored 5 or 6 goals in the 11 matches he played, but as it was we played negatively which is why holt has scored f00k all !

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    Colby Army!

    Monday, May 6, 2013

  • Aston villa buy BENTEKE 4th Highest 18 goals Swansea buy MICHU 5th Highest 17 goals Norwich buy KAMARA nowhere 1 goal We must have the most rubbish scouts.

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    goldie

    Sunday, May 5, 2013

  • KK did well considering CH sets the side up to defend . We need a new manager in the summer , CH is great as a number 2 but not as the man in charge , as for his choice of coaches , awful . Plenty of decent coaches out there , how about Chris Woods , or Philip Neville as player coach , nothing wrong with Martin O'Niell , try getting Mike Phelan from Fergie . Frankly anybody with the drive and determination to succeed , after all to win we have to score and to score we have to try . Some of the drivel CH comes out with before and after games makes no sense , he is clueless and inept , yes he's a decent bloke but that only get's you so far , has to go .

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    mjc75

    Sunday, May 5, 2013

  • The poor sod did the best he could under the circs. Good luck to you KK. Hughton, please go with any dignity you can muster and take Calderwood with you.

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    el dingo

    Sunday, May 5, 2013

  • If we do go down I can't see the current manager getting us out of the championship. A healthy goal difference is what's required down there not playing one up front and hoping for 1-0 wins. If we stay up then CH has done his job well & deserves another chance.

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    spark

    Sunday, May 5, 2013

  • Hard to imagine the thinking of CH and those responsible for bringing this player to Carrow road. He was not fit enough, through no fault of his own, and absolutely no experience of English Premiership soccer. When an experienced player even from the championship would have made much more sense. It was also hard to understand the thinking in offering a contract to a striker for next season. They were so sorely needed for this season. The board must be blamed or such shortsightedness. City being relegated has moved from a possibility to almost a certainty thanks to mismanagement by all concerned and the poor quality of the players. The fans deserve far better.

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    norman hall

    Monday, May 6, 2013

  • We've already handed over money for wolfswinkle, the deal can't be undone. KK (like all the strikers here) had little chance to score because of the defensive way we play. Sorry CH but PL or championship we need a clean slate.

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    christoph

    Sunday, May 5, 2013

  • I would have thought a permanent deal would have been in place well before now, if Kamara was staying. City favourites to go down but Newcastle or even Wigan could let us off the hook.

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    Capri

    Sunday, May 5, 2013

  • One name you guys haven't mentioned is Ole Skolsjaer. If my memory serves me right, he was a consideration before we appointed Hoots. Although I think he distanced himself from any overtures from a host of PL clubs. Maybe it might behove us to look at him again. Whilst I was excited by the arrival of Hoots I am finding it very difficult to be positive about him at the moment. So if McNally and co are thinking of a replacement, then might I suggest we approach Skolsjaer again; could be a good punt!! otbc

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    Canarygirl

    Monday, May 6, 2013

  • If he wasn't considered good enough why were we playing him.It doesnt say much about the opinion of BecchioJackson ability if we are playing someone ahead of them who is not considered good enough

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    Grumpy

    Sunday, May 5, 2013

  • We are not relegated yet! 1 point against west brom will be fine! Kamara isn't good enough for what we need infront of goal! We desperately need to find goals from somewhere next season! Why did we sign becchio and not even play (not that I think he has the quality we need either) Holt and jackson can go in the summer just need 2 more quality forwards with wolfswinkel coming in!

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    city till i die

    Sunday, May 5, 2013

  • About the first common sense decision this management team have made. Nice bloke, but nowhere near Premiership standard. Becs should have started every game upfront with Holt. KK should have been brought off the bench on the 60 min mark to jump against tired opposition defences @ set pieces. It's not rocket science Hughton...

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    Timbo

    Sunday, May 5, 2013

  • Some random thoughts from the Great Plains...Sports fans, as a whole, you're too darned negative. Be more optimistic that your players will win. Don't sell them short. Keep supporting them; start cheering them onto victory, even though the players don't think they can. Will them on to a win or two. Second, don't think that one player can change a team. KK tried with enthusiasm, but if he didn't see the ball, that's difficult. His improved play at Sporting KC happened when various players started playing better. You all know it is a team sport, not individual. RVW may be great, but won't change things if others don't improve. I do know that KK will be back in Kansas City by Sunday night. He's ready to go, maybe by Wednesday night's game. Fans here are ready to support him regardless of where he's playing. Hope you follow him from a distance. Could be he'll be back to UK soon. For the present, "Go Canaries" and fight to stay up. Suck it up and believe. But for me now, I will still watch from afar (was planning to attend this weekend's game, but not now). "So long, and thanks for all the fish."

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    Man from the Prairie

    Sunday, May 5, 2013

  • Rocket science... The man's a damp squib and should have be sacked in February. I'm dreading next season if this prairie hat is still in charge - whatever league we're in.

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    el dingo

    Sunday, May 5, 2013

  • What a pointless signing! What are Hughton's scouts doing? What assignment has he given them?

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    Warkys_Tash

    Sunday, May 5, 2013

  • Spot on Smudger, why play him ahead of other strikers if he was not considered good enough. For my money, I would much rather watch a team of players who put his effort in, rather than see the likes of Howson simply let the opposition breeze past them as happened for the first goal yesterday. He should have made sure the player did not get a shot away. Likewise, Holt fluffed at the ball going forward yesterday, and then gave up as the Villa player one the ball from him and then set up the attack for their second goal. I for one want to watch players who put effort in, try to win and will take it on the chin when we are not good enough. Villa looked poor yesterday but unfortunately we looked worse!

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    TrevorKeith

    Sunday, May 5, 2013

  • Sorry to see Kamara go, he was onto a hiding to nothing really. Anyway, if he fulfilled his ambition to play in the EPL he can have no complaints. Well done and good luck to you KK ! On a separate not I am sure Becchio is probably relieved to see him move on and hopefully he will get more of a look in now.

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    Dubai Canary

    Sunday, May 5, 2013

  • A then end of the day its not a surprise. Becchio, Vaughan and Holt will be plenty good enough for the championship. Despite all the hype about him, it will not surprise me if the Van Wolfwinkel deal gets cancelled "by mutual consent" once we are relegated.

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    CanaryWest

    Sunday, May 5, 2013

  • So why exactly did Kamara play in most of our permier league games if it has beed decided he wasnt good enough for the premiership? Now we have 2 important games left to play - im assuming with Becchio being involved - even though he hasnt hardly kicked a ball since he signed for us.

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    Henry

    Tuesday, May 7, 2013

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