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Fulham striker Diomansy Kamara is hoping to reignite his team's season as they go for only their second win of the campaign when they host Portsmouth on Sunday, but he is wary of one or two old friends who will line up against him.

The £6m summer signing from West Bromwich Albion is looking to add to his two goals scored so far this term to lift Fulham up the table. At present they sit sixteenth in the Premier League, having recorded only seven points from their opening eight games.

Their southern coast opponents travel to London having bagged 12 points, including three from last weekend's record breaking game against Reading.

Benjani Mwaruwari scored a hat-trick in their 7-4 win against Steve Coppell's side, but manager Harry Redknapp admitted that had he been fit, Nwankwo Kanu would have started ahead of the Zimbabwean international.

Kanu is due to return from a knee injury on Sunday, which is pleasing for Portsmouth's manager and fans, but not good news for Fulham.

The skilful 31-year-old, twice named African player of the year (in 1996 and 1999), has netted three goals in six games so far this season.

The former Ajax and Arsenal forward offers much more than goals, and this is what Fulham's Kamara is most worried about. For the Senegalese international, Kanu is Portsmouth's main threat.

"When Kanu plays well it is beautiful," praised Kamara. "He is so clever. His vision is so clever. He is the best African footballer at the moment."

The other player Kamara has earmarked for Fulham's special attention is his international team-mate, Papa Bouba Diop. The former Craven Cottage star fell out of favour when Lawrie Sanchez took the reins in April.

Imposing midfielder Diop moved to Fratton Park at the end of August on transfer deadline day, and has been a key reason why Portsmouth are riding high.

"We have to watch Papa Bouba Diop who played at Fulham for a few years," warned Kamara.

"Like I hope to score against them, he will want to score goals against Fulham. I hope to see him play well, but not for this game."

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