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Last Updated: Thursday, 26 August, 2004, 10:26 GMT 11:26 UK
Camara breaks father's heart
By Nicolas White

Henri Camara
Camara said his father wanted him to play for Guinea

Celtic striker Henri Camara has revealed how he left his father heartbroken by choosing to represent Senegal at international level.

The 27-year-old was born in the Senegal capital Dakar but could have played for Guinea, his father's homeland.

But Camara denied his dad the chance of seeing his son represent the Syli Nationale, by opting to play for the 2002 World Cup quarter-finalists.

"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], " Camara told the Celtic View magazine.

"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."

Camara recently moved to the Scottish Premier League champions from English Championship side Wolves on a season-long loan.

He is expected to line up for Senegal in the 2006 World Cup qualifier against Mali on 4 September.

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