The Turkish striker did not make his Lone Star debut against the Super Eagles after leaving the camp a few hours before kick-off.
Coach Peter Butler revealed why Mohammed Kamara left the camp of Liberia before Friday’s qualifier against Nigeria.
Thanks to his impressive performances with the Turkish Super Light team, Hatayspor, the 23-year-old earned his first Lone Star call for the matches against the Super Eagles and the Central African Republic.
However, the striker escaped from the team’s base on Victoria Island and subsequently played no part in his team’s 2-0 defeat at Teslim Balogun Stadium.
The Englishman indicated why Kamara left without permission, claiming that the player must have been upset about his decision to exclude him from the start XI.
‘Mohamed Kamara is a player I like a lot. “I called him and rushed to join the Lone Star group, and we were able to find him,” Butler said during a live chat. the Facebook page of the Liberia Football Association.
“When he joined the team; I talked to him, and everything seemed fine.
‘We had training sessions and some staff members and I felt he was not ready to be focused, but I was willing to give him the doubt.
‘And unfortunately, after I spoke to the team before the game [against Nigeria], the player in question escaped from the camp because he was not in the starting lineup. ”
The former West Ham United midfielder is also defending his decision to keep him on the bench, while praising his team’s intention against winning the Africa Cup of Nations in 2013.
“I did not hear from him, I did not see him and unfortunately,” he continued.
“He was not selected to start because he is going to play against a right-back who I thought was going to give him a lot of trouble.
“I did not think he had the defensive qualities either.
‘Nigeria is a fantastic football team with players of excellent quality who have played in the English Premier League, Bundesliga, etc.
“I was delighted with the attitude of my players; they were stronger as the game went on. There were many good performances.
‘We were disappointed that we lost 2-0 to zero, but we were not ashamed. I would love to win the game. ”