TONIGHT: Dundee’s Glen Kamara ‘buzzing’ to build on first international goal

Glen Kamara scored his first goal for Finland as they beat Greece 2-0 last month
Glen Kamara scored his first goal for Finland as they beat Greece 2-0 last month

After opening his international goal account last time out, Glen Kamara is “buzzing” to have the chance to help Finland qualify for the Nations League play-offs.

The 23-year-old fired in his first-ever senior goal as his country saw off Greece 2-0 last month in Tampere to keep up their 100% record in League C Group Two.

The Finns head to Athens tonight needing just a point to confirm their promotion to League B after a superb run that’s seen them yet to concede a goal in their four matches that’s also seen a home-and-away double over Estonia.

The team’s successes over the past few months are in complete contrast to his club season at Dundee this campaign.

With the Dark Blues languishing at the foot of the Premiership table and goals few and far between, manager Jim McIntyre has urged his midfield to provide more goal threat.

And Kamara, who has been pushed further forward by his new boss lately, says he has ambitions to add some club goals to his single international effort.

“I’d say I’ve had about one shot in my time at Dundee!” the former Arsenal man said.

“I definitely need to shoot more and try to help out the team with goals, it is something I’m working on.”

Dundee midfielder Glen Kamara is in Athens to face Greece

And despite firing in a goal for his country that sealed victory over the Greeks, Kamara wasn’t overly proud by the quality of his first touch.

He said: “What was the goal like? Don’t watch it!

“I made a really bad touch into a good touch and a finish.

“It was great, something I didn’t expect but I was buzzing after it.

“It’s a great feeling to score for your country and we got a 2-0 win over Greece as well.

“They are coming up again so we’ll have to be ready again.”

Ranked 56th in the world and below upcoming opponents Greece and Hungary in the world rankings, the Finns’ record of four wins from their first four Nations League games have surprised onlookers.

However, Kamara insists nobody within the camp is surprised at how well they’ve fared.

Under manager Markku Kanerva, the Eagle Owls as they are nicknamed, have spread their wings and begun to fly after years in the international wilderness following the retirement of former Ajax great and Liverpool forward Jari Litmanen.

That’s despite a lack of household names with Norwich striker Teemu Pukki most likely to be known to football fans on these shores after an unsuccessful spell at Celtic.

Momentum is building, however, and the Finns will be hopeful of finding a backdoor route to Euro 2020 through winning their Nations League group.

That needs at least one point from tonight’s trip to Athens or the game against Hungary in Budapest on Sunday.

Kamara said: “The team is in a good place, the manager is doing well and they are a good group of boys.

“Things are going well in the Nations League and we have a good chance of winning our group.

“We have Greece and Hungary up this week and with a win I’d say we’ll top the group.

“That’s maybe surprised a few people but the team knew we were good enough after playing a few games together and, if you watch us, you can see we are at a good level right now.”

Kamara’s Dundee team-mate Benjamin Kallman has also featured for the full national side this year, though is more often involved with the U/21 squad.

He remains at Dens Park this week as the young Finns don’t have any fixtures scheduled.