Bangladesh football team head coach Jamie Day on Monday said that he has no problem seeing Nigerian-born forward Elita Kingsley represent the national team in future.
Kingsley, who recently became a Bangladeshi citizen, has been a regular face in Bangladesh’s domestic scene since 2011.
The Nigerian-born got married to a local woman in 2012 and applied for the country’s citizenship in 2015 which got approved recently as he finally got his Bangladeshi passport almost six years after applying for it.
However, he had to forfeit his Nigerian citizenship.
“If he has a Bangladesh passport, then he can play for Bangladesh, no problem,” Jamie told the reporters at the Bangabandhu National Stadium as Bangladesh began their preparation for the upcoming Nepal tri-nation.
“You can look in two ways. If we use foreign players, in the short term we will get a better result. But in the longer term, it will stop the progress of Bangladeshi local players. It will be difficult for any players who were born in Bangladesh to get a chance in the team.
“So, we have to find a balance. If we use foreign players the squad will improve, but we also have to give the local players to play for the national team,” he added.
Kingsley already has expressed his intention of representing Bangladesh while the 31-year old is likely to join Bashundhara Kings in the ongoing transfer window, a Kings’ official informed The Daily Sun about the development of their deal.