News Bangladesh Planning To Field Nigerian Turned Bangladeshi Eleta Kingsley In SAFF Championship 2021 !
Bangladesh is planning to field Nigerian turned Bangladeshi Eleta Kingsley in SAFF championship 2021.

According to Daily Star, BPL holders Bashundhara Kings will play their remaining three league matches against Saif SC, Sheikh Russel KC and Abahani on September 14, 17 and 20 respectively and incidentally, these four clubs feature most of the national players.

Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) has already submitted the initial 34-member preliminary squad, including Nigerian-born footballer Eleta Kingsley, who is yet to receive clearance from FIFA to represent Bangladesh.

The daily added coach Jamie Day, however, did not consider two expatriate players -- Rahbar Wahed Khan and Tahmid Islam -- who took part in the Three Nations Cup in Kyrgyzstan.  

BFF general secretary Abu Nayeem Shohag made it clear that they would wait for FIFA's clearance till the last moment before the managers' meeting of SAFF Championship.

"We have contacted FIFA several times regarding Eleta's clearance to play for Bangladesh in the SAFF championship," Shohag said. 

"We understand that FIFA will send the matter to the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and we may have a virtual meeting with FIFA regarding Eleta Kingsley's clearance."

The British coach is apparently not happy with the delay in preparation.

"How can three other teams be in Qatar preparing but we have nothing arranged," Day said expressing his frustration.

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