Medo relishing countryman clash

Midfielder speaks exclusively to the club's website ahead of Saturday's clash with Middlesbrough

This weekend’s game against Middlesbrough is of extra significance for Medo Kamara.

Not only is he keen to extend Bolton’s unbeaten run to nine games, but he is also hoping to earn the bragging rights over his international team-mate Kei Kamara.

Having played alongside Boro’s summer signing for Sierra Leone over the past two years, the Bolton midfielder admitted that he is relishing the possibility of emerging victorious over Kamara’s side come the final whistle on Saturday.

"It’ll be an interesting afternoon," Medo said. "I’m in regular contact with Kei. We speak every day and exchange text messages before and after games. I’m sure there will be a few more sent in the run up to the weekend.

"He’s one of my good friends in the national team and I’m looking forward to playing against him."

He added: "There will be more interest in the game in Sierra Leone for sure. People will be watching the game back there. 

"Most of the young lads back in Sierra Leone are watching the Premier League and La Liga, but with us two playing against each other people will watch.

"We have a group of fans who have been following us a lot."

Having made the move to the Reebok Stadium back in January of this year, the former Partizan Belgrade man explained that his and Kamara's presence in the English game has had a profound effect on those back in his homeland.

"Football is really big in Sierra Leone and it can help people a lot when they are young," he said. "It brings a lot of the lads together and when they see two players from the country playing against each other it gives them belief that they can make it if they get a break.

"Middlesbrough are a good side and each one of their players will be keen to impress the new manager. I have a feeling it is going to be a good game for sure."
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