Former Leone Stars forward who doubles as the sole owner of the third position in the All-time MLS scorer chart Kei Ansu Kamara has been nominated in two categories for MLS 2022 individual honors.
MLS announced their this year’s possible awardees on Thursday and two members of the CF Montreal are among the finalist. Kei Kamara is nominated for the Comeback Player of the year, while Willfried Nancy nominated for the Sigi Schmid Coach of the year.
In the other category Kei was nominated in the Major League Soccer year awards is the MLS WORKS Humanitarian of the year. This award is given to individuals that people can testify and have seen the impacts they create in the lives of others.
The former Leone Stars forward Kei returned to MLS in the 2022 season and scored eight goals with seven assists for CFM, moving into third on the all-time scoring list behind Landon Donovan and Chris Wondolowski.
Throwing light to his sacrifices and contributions over the years;
CF Montréal – Kamara, Kei (MTL): 2022 proudly marks the 10-year anniversary of the founding of CF Montréal forward and MLS veteran Kei Kamara’s HeartShapedHands foundation. Named after his signature goal celebration, the foundation has strived since 2012 to provide academic scholarships, equipment, and other invaluable resources to students in his home country of Sierra Leone, West Africa.
In 2022, the organization had its very first overseas activity in a Montreal-area suburb as the foundation hosted a youth soccer clinic and equipment fundraiser. Accompanied by a handful of special guests from CF Montréal’s senior team, including Victor Wanyama and Rudy Camacho, Kei’s team welcomed girls and boys ages U8 to U13 for two exclusive 90-minute soccer clinics. All funds collected went towards offsetting the rising shipping costs the foundation faces in its expedition of donated soccer equipment to children in Sierra Leone.
Whether it has been through its unwavering commitment to its core mission of providing scholarships to students and to individual schools for teaching supplies or through its other endeavors like the raising of $20,000 in emergency funds for flood victims (2017) and annual equipment drives to create better access to youth sports, Kamara’s foundation has remained deeply engaged and at the forefront of social issues facing Sierra Leonian youth for over a decade now.
Kamara has also sought to build bridges between his foundation and his newest fans in Montreal, having attended the pregame tailgate party of the 1642 MTL supporters’ group on August 20th in a bid to meet with fans and solicit further equipment donations for the organization. The foundation organized a similar event in his hometown of Kansas City last June.
The winners are set to be announced throughout the 2022 MLS Cup Playoffs.