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It’s frustrating: Kingsley

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 27th September, 2021 08:33:35 PM
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It’s frustrating: Kingsley

Nigeria-born Bangladeshi forward Eleta Kingsley looked shattered on Monday as he will not be taking part in upcoming SAFF for not obtaining FIFA’s permission.

Kingsley was working hard to accomplish his dream of wearing the Bangladesh jersey in the South Asian football tournament, scheduled in Maldives from October 1.

Bangladesh management waited for the last minute for Eleta but had to exclude him from the 23-member squad in the last minute as they failed to obtain the permission from FIFA.

"It is really frustrating," the forward replied without elaborating any further trying to control his emotions.

Eleta was included in the 27-member preliminary squad on September 22. Interim coach Oscar Bruzon expected that his participation would sort out the number nine crisis of the national team.

Bashundhara Kings forward Kingsley, who had been awarded Bangladeshi citizenship last March, finally got his passport and NID in June 2021.

Kingsley became the third foreign sports personality after boxer Muhammad Ali and West Indian cricketer Gordon Greenidge, who were awarded citizenship and passport by the Bangladesh government.

The celebrated sporting figures of the 20th century Ali was awarded this honour in 1978 and Greenidge in 1997.

Kingsley, who has been living in Bangladesh for eight years, married a local girl named Lisa five years ago and since then he was trying to get citizenship of Bangladesh.