Kei Kamara fulfilled a lifelong dream that many footballers never get to realize on Saturday morning when he made his Premier League debut for Norwich City. Kamara, on loan with the Canaries until May 6, came on as an 86th minute substitute in Norwich's 0-0 draw at home with Fulham.
With Norwich the only team truly chasing the game that late on, Kamara came on and made an immediate impact in the four minutes of regular time and four minutes of stoppage time he saw the field.
Kamara's biggest contribution came in the form of a near game-winner for Norwich in the 90th minute. A deflected ball into Fulham's defensive end fell near the 6-yard box of Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer and Kamara gave a full effort's chase to get on the end of it, poking it just wide of goal, but was judged to have fouled Schwarzer in the two players' coming together while going for the ball.
Kamara's other key contribution came deep into stoppage time following a Fulham free kick cleared wide of Norwich's defensive area. With another cross looking sure to be sent into the box, Kamara closed down the man on the ball and delivered a strong sliding tackle to put the ball out of play and out of danger.
While Kamara had hardly enough time to change Saturday's game, it was an encouraging, lively debut performance from the 28-year old Sierra Leone international. Getting into the team on his first available date can only be a good sign for Kamara and his remaining three months abroad.