Nigerian born defender Isaac Seum Malikh has said he is ready to feature for Sudan in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers.
The El merriekh defender, who has already changed nationality and is eligible to feature for Sudan, told AfricanFootball.com in an interview in Kigali that he is eagerly waiting to play a role in Sudan’s qualification.
“I changed my nationality through the proper FIFA rules over a year ago and was also part of the Sudan team for one of the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cups. I am very eager and hoping that the technical team can call me to the squad,” said Suem who has played in Sudan for four years now.
Sudan have been pooled in Group A alongside South Africa, African champions Nigeria and Cong Brazzaville who replaced Rwanda’s Amavubi who were disqualified by the Confederation of African Football (CAF).
The defender, born in the Egbeda area of Lagos, first featured for Nasarawa United in Nigeria before joining Khartoum 3 in the Sudan Premiership in 2008.
“I have played for Khartoum 3, Al Shendi and now El merreikh in Sudan. But I am now determined to play a big role in the national team. It would be nice for me to play against Nigeria in the qualifiers,” added the player whose team won the 2014 Cecafa Kagame Cup in Rwanda on Sunday.
El Manan Osama Atta, the Sudan FA treasurer confirmed to Africanfootball.com that they had followed the proper channels to have the player feature for Sudan.
“He is a good player and since he has never featured for Nigeria before, we thought we should give him chance to play for us,” added the official.
Sudan at meant to host Bafana Bafana in the first Group A match on September 5 at the El merreikh stadium in Khartoum.
Incidentally Malikh told Completesportsnigeria.com in the Egbeda suburb of Lagos during his off season holidays last season that he hoped to get an invitation to the Super Eagles and even gave Completesportsnigeria.com a video that was compilation of his matches for his Sudanese club.
“I was very impressed when coach Stephen Keshi invited so many locally-based players and some players outside the country who were hitherto unknown to the Super Eagles.
” I also hope to get an invitation to the national team someday,” Malikh stated as he andCompletesportsnigeria.com reporter watched his impressive video compilation with Arabic commentary.