Eleta Kingsley currently plays for the Bashundhara Kings in Bangladesh …
The Bangladeshi Football Federation (BFF) has included Nigerian-born forward Eleta Kingsley in their preliminary 34-man squad for the upcoming 2021 SAFF Championship, while they wait for FIFA approval so the player can represent the country.
The Bangladeshi soccer team is expected to start preparing for the SAFF championships from September 21 as soon as their domestic soccer season is over. The Bashundhara Kings, the Bashundhara Kings’ 2020-21 champions in Bangladesh, will play their remaining three matches on 14, 17 and 20 September, after which the national team will begin their preparations.
Who is Bashundhara Kings’ forward Eleta Kingsley?
Eleta Kingsley, born in Ogbona, Nigeria, began her professional career at Nigerian club Akwa United in 2009 and spent two seasons there. Kingsley has been trading in Bangladesh since 2011. He played for the clubs Arambagh KS, Team BJMC and Muktijoddha Sangsad KC.
In 2021, the forward acquires the citizenship of Bangladesh through naturalization and then joins the Bashundhara Kings, elected champion of Bangladesh. While Kingsley is now officially a citizen of Bangladesh, he has not yet received permission from FIFA to represent the national team.
What does BFF say about Eleta Kingsley’s chance to play in the SAFF Championship?
Although BFF has not yet received permission, BFF has decided to include Kingsley in the provisional national group for the upcoming SAFF Championship, as the federation is soon expecting permission from FIFA.
Talk to Daily Star Abu Nayeem Shohag, BFF general secretary, said: ‘We have contacted FIFA several times about Eleta’s permission to play for Bangladesh in the SAFF championship. with FIFA over the clearance of Eleta Kingsley. “
When will Bangladesh play their first match in the 2021 SAFF Championship?
Bangladesh start their campaign against Sri Lanka on October 1, followed by India on October 4.
What is the format of the SAFF Championship 2021?
Since only five countries will participate in the competition, there will be no groups and the teams will play once in a round format. The top two teams advance to the final.