Bashundhara Kings Nigeria-born forward Eleta Kingsley, who had been awarded Bangladeshi citizenship last March, finally got his passport on Wednesday.
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 here. The Nigerian earlier got his NID a week before.
Kings congratulated the 31-year-old forward by posting a picture on their official website.
“Congratulations to our very own Elita Kingsley! Now you are a Bangladeshi. The entire Bashundhara Kings wishes Elita all the success in his future endeavours,” it said.