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Kallon on trial in England

3 September 2007 at 17:13 | 1132 views

By Abu B. Shaw, London.

Mohamed Kallon, Sierra Leone’s only recognisable international soccer star,
is presently trying to revive his faltering professional career by exploring
greener pastures in England.

Latest reports say Kallon, 27, has been given a life line at English
Premier League Football Club, Birmingham City, where he is undergoing
training at the moment.

Steve Bruce, Manager of Birmingham City FC, is reported to be weighing up a
loan move for the Sierra Leone international if his trial goes on

“Kallon is training with us so we can have a good look at him. He’s got no
club and will stay for a week or so. We will make a decision after that,”
Steve Bruce, who captained Manchester United in the late eighties and early
nineties, told the press.

Even though the deadline for the transfer window on August 31 has passed,
Kallon can still be signed outside the deadline because he is at the moment
a free agent, according to FIFA and UEFA regulations.

Kallon’s former club, French first division side, AS Monaco FC has already
paid off Kallon paving the way for him to look for another team.

Birmingham City FC are desperate to add to their striking power following
their poor start in the three weeks old premier league. They are languishing
at 16th place on the table.

The Sierra Leone striker(photo), who was recently loaned out to Saudi Arabian side
Al-Ittihad by AS Monaco, may be offered a one year loan deal by Birmingham
City provided he performed according to the standard expected of him.

Mohamed Kallon’s glittering career took a nose dive over two years ago when
he failed a drug test while playing for Italian giant Inter Milan. He was
banned for six months. After the ban, Inter loaned him to AS Monaco before
they too shipped him out to Saudi. Last season, Kallon came back to France
where Monaco terminated his contract and was then paid off.

Captain of Sierra Leone’s national soccer team, the Leone Stars, Kallon made
football history by becoming the youngest player to score in a competitive
match. He scored against Congo for Leone Stars in the 1995-96 African
Nations Cup qualifying series at the tender age 16.

From then onwards, he travelled globally to pursue his career. He first went
to Lebanon, then Sweden and later to Italy where he played for many Italian
teams. Kallon has been linked with many clubs in England in the past but
none bore fruits. He has never played in England.

If all goes well with Birmingham City, Kallon, a very successful
entrepreneur in Sierra Leone, would become the only player from his
war-ravaged country playing in the English Premier League this season. That
would be a proud moment for soccer mad Sierra Leoneans at home and abroad.

Birmingham City will decide this week if Mohamed Kallon will be given a one
year loan deal. And eventually, his efforts might be rewarded with a
permanent contract if he impresses his boss Steve Bruce after his first