Nigeria vs Sierra Leone: ‘I couldn’t Sleep in Benin City – Kei Kamara

The Sierra Leone Football Federation says it will open an investigation into a viral video posted by Leone Stars striker, Kei Kamara, complaining about the bed and pillows in his room at the Lushville Hotel and Suites in Benin City, the Edo State capital.

The Leone Stars officials and players are lodged at the hotel, ahead of Friday’s 2021 AFCON qualifier against the Super Eagles at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City.

Kamara, in the video, which he posted on his Instagram status, said the bed and pillows were too hard and made sleeping difficult for him.

“I went to the front desk to talk to the lady about how I can’t sleep. She was so calm and said ‘don’t worry, we will fix everything in the morning.’ I said ‘I can’t sleep, I have been lying down for two to four hours’ and again she said, ‘don’t worry, we will fix it in the morning,’” Kamara said in the video.

“And why can’t I sleep? This bed, these pillows. My head can’t sink in this thing; my head can’t get in this pillow, so my neck hurts. My body can’t get comfortable because this is a box spring, not a mattress,” the 2012 Sierra Leone Player of The Year added while hitting the mattress with his fist.

“I switch to one part, then switch to the other side and she says ‘don’t worry, don’t worry, we will fix everything in the morning.’ I told her ‘it’s already morning, it’s 5:30, I have practice at 8:00am.’ She is so calm and I can’t get mad about it because she had this calmness and I haven’t heard all that before.”

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But in a statement made available to our correspondent on Thursday, the SLFA apologised to the hotel and the Nigeria Football Federation for the Minnesota United forward’s “unprofessional behaviour.”

“The Sierra Leone Football Association will open an investigation into a viral video posted by the Sierra Leone National Team striker Kei Kamara in which he is seen defaming a hospitality establishment at which the National Team Delegation including the Minister of Sports Ibrahim Nyelenkeh, the Executive Director of the National Sports Authority Dr. Kenneth Brima and the President of Sierra Leone Football Association Madam Isha Johansen are currently residing.

“The SLFA unreservedly apologises to the Management of Lushville Hotel and Suites in Benin City, Edo State, emphasising that the views expressed by Kei Kamara are his individual comments which are strongly condemned by the FA,” the SLFA stated.

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Kamara, 36, is making a return to the national team after announcing his retirement in November 2019 following a fallout with officials.


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