Chris Kamara talks Sky Sports future amid wife’s fears for his health ‘Nothing’s forever’

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Chris “Kammy” Kamara, 63, has spoken out on his future on Sky Sports, revealing he “never takes anything for granted”, despite being part of the broadcaster’s presenting team for 23 years. It comes after his wife Anne Kamara encouraged him to undergo a brain scan this month to check for signs of dementia, after he discussed the subject on Channel 4 show Steph’s Packed Lunch.

When quizzed on whether he is planning on branching out from his role on Sky Sports in an exclusive interview with, Kammy said: “No, I love my football. 

“I’ve been with Sky now since 1998, you don’t get a manager’s job for that long. 

“I’ve been part of the furniture and it’s been great, the company has been great for me.”

The pundit and former professional footballer went on to share his sadness over some of his co-stars losing their jobs recently.

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Kammy’s long-time Soccer Saturday colleagues Matt Le Tissier, Phil Thompson and Charlie Nicholas were axed back in August last year.

They were sacked after Sky decided to revamp their programming over the summer.

Kammy added in reference to the news: “It was a shame when some of the boys in the team got put out to grass, so to speak, and I never take anything for granted.”

The star went on to reveal he has another year left on his contract with Sky, but admitted he is unsure of what will happen afterwards, as of yet.

He continued: “I’ve got another year left on my contract, but who knows after that. 

“Nothing’s forever, I played football for 22 years and I’m now into my 23rd year at Sky, so I’ve surpassed my playing and managing career.

“So I couldn’t be any more delighted, and the public reaction towards me is, to coin a phrase, unbelievable!”

Meanwhile, Chris recently revealed to Steph McGovern on her daytime programme that his other half, Anne, has been worrying about his health.

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It came as part of a discussion on Steph’s Packed Lunch about Kammy’s fellow pundit, Gary Lineker, who himself admitted to dementia fears and shared his plans to get his own brain tested this summer.

Kammy told host Steph a couple of weeks ago: “I’m going for a scan next Monday… we talked about it [dementia] on the programme, I went home and she [wife Anne] said: ‘You’re all blasé? You think you’ve had a fabulous career, if it all ended tomorrow, that would be fine. What about the grandkids, what about me? Get checked, there might be something you can do’.”

He then added: “It’s a precaution. It’s not part of the ageing process, like other people [when] you start to lose your memory. You think, ‘I’m getting old’.

“You’re there but you’re not there if you get dementia, which is horrible.”

Steph then quizzed Kammy on whether he was concerned about having the scan. To which he replied: “No. I’ve had a great life.”

Research has shown that professional football players are 3.5 times more likely to get the illness than the average person.

Match of the Day host Gary has insisted heading the ball should be banned in training at all levels.

Kammy said he agreed that heading should be banned in training for younger players, but said it should not be banned from matches in general.

He explained: “To ban it from the game itself, it would ruin the game. It’s not just the heading of the ball, it’s the collision that’s the problem. Football wouldn’t be football without heading.”

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