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Kei Kamara: From civil war to top MLS goalscorer

Published 0925 GMT (1725 HKT) November 19, 2015
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Kei Kamara (left) is on the shortlist for the 2015 MLS player of the year award after being joint top scorer in regular season. Dustin Bradford/Getty Images North America/Getty Images/file
A teenage refugee from civil war in Sierre Leone, Kamara has scored 24 goals for Columbus Crew SC this season on his return to the U.S. Jamie Sabau/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
In January 2013, Kamara went on loan to English Premier League club Norwich City. Here he makes his trademark heart-shape celebration during a match against Everton. Jamie McDonald/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
After a short spell at Norwich, Kamara joined second division club Middlesbrough on a two-year contract before rejoining Columbus. Tom Dulat/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images/file
Kei Kamara first made his MLS mark with Sporting Kansas City, scoring 38 goals in two and a half seasons. Bob Levey/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
With his ever-changing haircuts, Kamara is one of the most colorful characters in the MLS. Ed Zurga/Getty Images North America/Getty Images/file
He was first drafted in the MLS by Columbus Crew, but left after the 2007 season and moved to San Jose and Houston before joining Kansas. Victor Decolongon/Getty Images North America/Getty Images/file
Despite taking up U.S. citizenship, Kamara decided to represent Sierra Leone on the international stage, though he no longer plays for his country in protest at a perceived lack of professionalism in its setup. ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP/AFP/Getty Images/file