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Medo Kamara was probably the biggest / most exciting / least-known-about of Bolton Wanderers' five deadline day moves. The transfer came out of nowhere not long before the window closed and then seemed to take ages to complete. Prior to the move being finalized, we were able to fill you in on his background a bit but this is what you need to know about Medo Kamara:
Medo was born in Bo, Sierra Leone in November, 1987. He started playing football at age 7, signed for Sierra Rangers at 12. At 15, he signed for Kallon, a club competing (and currently in 2nd place) in the Sierra Leone National Premier League. Medo made his first real breakthrough the following year when he was called up to the Sierra Leone U17 squad for the 2003 African U17 Championships. His team finished runners-up to Cameroon, losing 1-0 in the final. That Cameroon side featured the likes of Alexandre Song and Stephane Mbia among others.
Following the U17 World Cup tournament that same year, a number of the Sierra Leone U17s escaped from their team's accommodations in Finland and applied for political asylum. After being awarded the rights to asylum, Kamara had to wait until he turned 18 to play professional football. When that point came, he signed for KuPS in Finland's first tier. He stayed with them for a season but left after the team was relegated and signed for HJK, helping them win the title twice. Medo saw out his contract and moved to FK Partizan in Belgrade. Medo would stay there for two-and-a-half years, winning titles, and appearing for them in the Champions League. He was then signed by Bolton Wanderers and that brings us to now.
In order to get some more insight about Kamara, we spoke to Lotfi Oluwada about what we can expect from the new signings. First off, we had readers asking where the nickname "Medo" came from and that's easily answered because it's simply a common nickname for "Mohamed." Kamara isn't large, physically, at just 5'8", standing two inches taller than Jay Spearing but four inches shorter than Keith Andrews and six inches shorter than Fabrice Muamba. What he lacks in size though, he makes up in strength and physicality.
Medo is described as a smart midfielder that will play intelligent balls as opposed to trying to force the play. He can get forward (as he proved with his 13 goals for HJK) but it isn't at all a specialty. In all honesty, Bolton fans can expect a player that's almost like-for-like with Jay Spearing.
Medo could make his debut this weekend against Burnley.