Senegal World Cup Star Retires from Football

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At the age of 41, Senegal striker Henri Camara has retired from football after spending the latter part of his career in Greece, with third-tier side Fostiras.

Camara joined newly promoted English Premier League club Wolverhampton Wanderers in August 2003 in a four-year deal for £1.5million and was teammates of Isaac Okoronkwo and Carl Ikeme.

The player is perhaps best remembered for his exploits at international level with Senegal where they team inspired by a young generation led by El Hadji Diouf, Camara and Khalilou Fadiga announced the West African Country to World; first at the Nations Cup that year and later at the FIFA World Cup.

 

He scored a brace – including the golden goal – in the second round against Sweden, thus sending the Teranga Lions into the quarter-finals, in their debut appearance at the World Cup.

 

Internationally, Camara could have played for Guinea as his father was born in Guinea. On choosing Senegal, he explained, “I was born in Senegal but my father is from Guinea, so, yes, I could have played with Momo Sylla in the Guinea national team.

 

“When I was young, I received an invitation from the Senegal youth team and my dad didn’t want me to play. His dream was for me to play for Guinea. But I didn’t know Guinea very well. Senegal was my country, so it was an easy decision for me to make.”

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