Posted by: westafricanfootball | 20/06/2012

EBRIMA CAMARA

In this post, I will present attacker Ebrima Camara of Liberty Professionals FC, the Ghanian top level side. As far as I know, Camara is the only Gambian player in any of the five leagues I follow.

Liberty Professionals FC, based in Dansoman in the Greater Accra Region, signed Camara in February or March 2012 from Bakau United FC. Apparently, Camara signed a two-year deal.

My first record of Camara is from the GFA League First Division 2009, the top level of Gambian football. Camara played for Bakau United FC and formed a dangerous partnership with powerful striker Pa Amadou Gai, formerly of ASC HLM in the Senegalese Ligue 1. Apparently, Bakau United FC signed Camara from Jambanjelly United FC.

Camara scored regularly for Bakau United FC during the next season, the GFA League First Division 2009-2010. In July 2010, Camara was picked for the Gambia U-20 national football team.

As far as I know, Camara made his full international debut for Gambia on 29.03.2011, during an international friendly match against Equatorial Guinea.

In April 2011, Camara was part of “The Young Scorpions”, the Gambia U-20 national football team, for the 2011 African Youth Championship. Gambia U-20 had a poor tournament and Camara made only one substitute appearance during Gambia’s three matches. Confusingly, Gambia U-20 had another player in their squad called “Ebrima Camara”, a defender currently playing for Västra Frölunda IF in Sweden.

In July 2011, Camara was yet again training with the Gambia national football team. In September 2011, Camara played for Liberty Professionals FC during the so-called GHALCA Glo 8, a pre-season tournament. Apparently, the club had to wait for about six months to register the player for league action.

Camara scored two league goals during the GLO Premier League 2011-2012. I’m not sure how many matches he played but it could not have been more than 12-15. Interestingly, Latif Salifu (born 01.08.1990), the star striker of Liberty Professionals FC, scored eight goals since Camara joined the club. My theory is that the presence of Camara, who is a lanky striker, gave a lot more space to the petit and hard-running Salifu.

I’ve read several reports on goals Camara has scored and he is apparently an allround striker who is good with both his feet and his head. Ghanaian reports has described Camara as a lively striker who causes a lot of problems for any opposition.

According to Cafonline, Camara is born 14.04.1993, making him 19 years old at the time of writing.

Two pictures of Camara, wearing white shirt, can be found here:

http://www.backpagepix.co.za/live/download_new.php?image_id=708697

http://www.backpagepix.co.za/live/download_new.php?image_id=708648

I am looking forward to the GLO Premier League 2012-2013 and hopefully, Camara will continue his development and become a household name in Ghanaian football.

The name of Ebrima Camara is often misspelled in Ghanian media and some sources have also referred to him as a “Guinean striker”. When Camara played in Gambia, he was sometimes referred to as “Bura”.


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