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Last Updated: Sunday, 29 October 2006, 20:08 GMT
Camara has found 'spiritual home'
Wigan's Senegalese forward Henri Camara
Camara celebrates his match-winner against Fulham

Wigan manager Paul Jewell says Senegal's Henri Camara has found his "spiritual home" after watching the striker end his team's away-day blues.

The well-travelled 29-year-old is at his seventh club after joining Wigan last year and he underlined his talent on Saturday when firing Wigan to a 1-0 victory at Fulham.

Camara struck after 83 minutes when he showed lightning pace to latch onto a knockdown before rifling home.

It was his third goal of the season and Jewell is delighted by his contribution at the JJB Stadium.

The only time I've been upset is when (Henri) came back late from the Nations Cup

Wigan manager Paul Jewell

"Camara has unbelievable pace," the Wigan boss explained.

"He acts like he's tired sometimes but all of a sudden the ball comes to him, he sniffs a goal and takes it. He's a threat."

Jewell also rubbished the Senegalese international's bad-boy image in the process.

Camara once refused to play for former club Wolverhampton Wanderers and he went on strike until he was sold to Scotland's Celtic.

He then upset the reigning champions by stating he wanted to play for a bigger club.

A late return from the African Nations Cup earlier this year and a show of petulance after being substituted in a match against Newcastle have added to his reputation.

"He has a reputation as being a bad boy but he's very quiet and cares about his football," Jewell ventured.

"The only time I've been upset is when he came back late from the African Nations Cup.

"He's found his spiritual home at Wigan because he enjoys his football and he's working harder than ever before.

"He signed a new three-year contract in the summer. He's happy to be here and we're happy to have him."

The Dakar-born forward has scored 15 goals in 37 league games for Wigan since joining the club in August 2005.


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