Chris Kamara is to leave the Soccer Saturday team at the end of the season.
The news was announced by host Jeff Stelling during Saturday's show. Kamara has become a cult hero for his energetic presence on Sky's football magazine show.
Kamara's Sunday morning highlights show Goals on Sunday was also hugely popular before its departure from Sky schedules in 2020.
Chris Kamara: Soccer Saturday legend to leave Sky at end of 2021/22 season
Chris Kamara has been a mainstay of Sky Sports' football bulletin show Soccer Saturday for 24 years now. His time at Sky will come to an end next month, it was announced on Saturday.
In a statement read by host Jeff Stelling on air, Kamara referenced his trademark phrase, "Unbelievable, Jeff!" to describe his time at Sky:
My long career at Sky Sports has never felt like work. I spent 24 terrific years at Sky, and leave with the best of memories.
My time on Soccer AM, Goals on Sunday, and of course on Soccer Saturday with Jeff has been, to coin a phrase - "unbelievable!"
I've had the time of my life, and I look forward to tuning in every Saturday as a fan.
BREAKING: After 24 years, Chris Kamara is leaving Sky and Soccer Saturday at the end of the season ❤️pic.twitter.com/0noUAyly9o
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) April 30, 2022
The reporter has produced plenty of iconic moments during his time with Soccer Saturday. He was regularly seen reporting scores from Premier League grounds, and his energetic presence breathed life into the show on many occasions.
Sky Sports posted a collection of Kamara's best moments on Saturday to mark his departure.
Chris Kamara is a Sky Sports legend ❤️ He will be missed. pic.twitter.com/bjhaaC1ORz
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) April 30, 2022
For us, however, there is only one moment that comes to mind when discussing Chris Kamara and Soccer Saturday - and that is the iconic interaction surrounding a red card at Fratton Park in April 2010.
12 years ago today:
One of the all-time great moments in football broadcasting.
“We go live to Portsmouth where there’s been a sending off. What’s happening Chris Kamara?”
“I don’t know, Jeff. Has there? I must have missed that…”pic.twitter.com/ZKqJn4uBgu
— A Funny Old Game (@sid_lambert) April 3, 2022
For over two decades, Chris Kamara has been one of the most personable and lively presences in football broadcasting. His absence will certainly be felt from Soccer Saturday next year, and he will be sorely missed by football fans.