Nigerian-born striker Eleta Kingsley will not be eligible to take part in the Bangladesh Premier League as a local footballer until the 31-year-old forward provides a copy of a Bangladeshi passport or National Identity Card (NID).
The decision was taken at the players' status committee of Bangladesh Football Federation on Thursday night as leaders Bashundhara Kings were supposed to field Kingsley as a local player when they resume second phase of the league against Uttar Baridhara Club today at Bangabandhu National Stadium.
Kingsley obtained Bangladeshi citizenship in the middle of March and was signed by Kings for the second leg of the league. Kingsley also applied for NID and passport, which is mandatory to play the league as a local player in line with the bylaws. The Daily Star carried a story on the uncertainty of Kingsley's participation in the league on April 24 as he did not get either the passport or NID.
"The players' status committee approved the registration of Eleta Kingsley on conditions as he obtained the Bangladeshi citizenship. Eleta will only be eligible to take part in the league as a local footballer when he submits the copy of NID or Bangladeshi passport," BFF competition manager Zaber bin Taher Ansari told The Daily Star last night.