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Friday, 11 May 2018

If Nigeria fails to come for me, I'll go for Guinea - Eagles hopeful


Michael Babatunde

Guniea based Nigerian footballer Simeon Bolaji Sakin has revealed that he will not be turning down offers to play for Guinea if his nationality fails him.

He said representing one's fatherland at the national team level as a professional footballer is his best wish, adding that the joy thereof cannot be overemphasized.

Sakin who had a spell at Abia Warriors and Rivers United currently plies trade with Guinean Ligue 1 Outfit, Horoya Athletic Club.

He is declared eligible to pay for more than one country in accordance to the rules of world football governing body FIFA.

Born in Ivory Coast to Nigerian parents and currently based in Conakry, Guinea, the Striker who has scored five times in the Guinean topflight division including a hat-trick did not hide his desire to represent the Super Eagles in future.

When asked of his desire to be on national duty, he said, " I will love to play for Nigeria considering the fact that it is my fatherland, and the rich football culture at the national team level is worth it, but if it's not happening anytime soon and Guinea wants me to play, I will".

Despite seating out for close to three months due to injury which restricted him to just 12 games in 22,  the 25 year old Nigerian could win the Guinean league in his first season if results favours them in their next one or two games.

Horoya AC currently tops the Ligue 1 with 52 points, eleven more than Hafia FC after 22 round of matches and just four games to wrap things up.

Horoya AC are also in the group stage of the CAF Champions League, having won their first game 2-1 against AS Togo Port and will subsequently face Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa and Wydad Casablanca of Morocco in group C.

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