Bangaly Soumahoro wants to play for Guinea

Bangaly Soumahoro wants to play for Guinea
Bangaly Soumahoro of Mamelodi Sundowns FC celebrate scoring

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday May 22, 2018. 17:00

Mamelodi Sundowns defender Bangaly Soumahoro is considering playing for the Guinean national team and is looking to dump Cote d’Ivoire.

The big versatile player was born in Cote d’Ivoire, but has expressed wishes of playing for the Syli Nationale national team.

Soumahoro is in Guinea with the Brazilians as they honour their CAF Champions League, Group C clash against AC Horoya of Guinea on Tuesday evening.

Speaking to Football Factory in Conakry, Soumahoro has declared his intentions to represent the 2015 CAF African Cup of Nations quarter finalists instead of the Elephants.

The 26-year-old was born in Ivory Coast from an Ivoirean father and his mother is a Guinean.

“Playing for Guinea is not a problem. I have dual nationality so that is not a problem,” he said to Football Factory.

"It's an option. Who does not like playing for his mother’s national team?,” he said.

The defender could be in action on Tuesday evening and help his club to secure their first three points in the group.

Under coach Pitso Mosimane, the 2016 African champions drew their opening match against Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca at home.

Sundowns occupy the third spot in the group with one point from a single match so far.

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