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‘Incredible’: Chris Kamara ends his 24-year Sky Sports career | Soccer

Broadcaster Chris Kamara is leaving Sky Sports at the end of the season after 24 years. The 64-year-old presenter and former footballer recently revealed he had developed apraxia of speech disorder alongside an existing thyroid problem.

“My long career at Sky Sports has never been like a job. I’ve had a wonderful 24 years at Sky and I’m leaving with the best of memories,” Kamara said in a statement. “My time on Soccer AM, Goals on Sunday and, of course, Soccer Saturday with Jeff has been – to coin a phrase – amazing.

“I had the best time of my life and can’t wait to log in every Saturday as a fan.”

Kamara’s Sky Sports colleagues paid tribute to his unique talents during Soccer Saturday. “He’s always been perfectly prepared. In football, he’s so well regarded for his knowledge of the game,” said presenter Jeff Stelling. “It’s been a privilege to work with Kammy for so long. I will miss him very much. Former Arsenal and England midfielder Paul Merson added: “His knowledge of football is second to none.”

Kamara previously underwent a brain scan to check if he was developing dementia after suffering from what he described as ‘brain fog’, and feared the condition was linked to heading the ball during his long run. playing career. However, his symptoms were instead explained by an underactive thyroid.

Kamara, who has also released two Christmas albums and a charity single as well as presentations on Ninja Warrior UK, is set to be a commentator on ITV’s new show The Games, which starts in May.

Sky Sports director of football Gary Hughes said: “Everyone has a favorite anecdote or highlight of Kammy, and the tribute we gave him on air really shows how special he is. holds in the hearts of our viewers. We were so lucky to have him and he will always be part of the Sky Sports football family.