Soccer

Big up Mohamed Kamara!

Mohamed Kamara’s goalkeeping performance for Sierra Leone against Algeria won his team a point in their African Cup of Nations (AFCON) meeting and kept a clean sheet, but it also brought millions of spectators.

From Sky Sports:

Establishing himself as a cult hero for Sierra Leone at AFCON, Mohamed Kamara occupies the spot between the sticks in the WhoScored.com team of the group stages with a rating of 7.67. Kamara made more saves (17) than any other goalkeeper with his solid displays earning impressive results against powerhouses Algeria and the Ivory Coast. It’s a shame that Sierra Leone’s group stage exit means we won’t see more of Kamara in the next round.

And The Analyst:

Mohamed Kamara is only 22 years old and was making his AFCON tournament debut against reigning champions Algeria. He’d have been forgiven for being nervous.

What the young goalkeeper produced, however, was a display of brilliance to keep out an Algerian attack stacked with talent. He made seven saves across the 90 minutes, with his saves preventing 1.2 goals based on Opta’s expected goals on target model. The last goalkeeper to make as many saves and keep a clean sheet in the tournament was Didier Ovono for Equatorial Guinea against Congo DR in 2015.

I ignored the tabloids because, well, they’re tabloids.

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