BANGKOK – Thai League 1 side, Police Tero FC are still waiting their new signing, Malaysia’s first naturalised football player, Mohamadou Sumareh.
The 26-year-old Pahang winger completed his move to Police Tero FC, now in fourth place in Thai League 1, on Sept 7.
Amid COVID-19 pandemic and travel restrictions, Police Tero FC’s manager Tanya Vongnark said Sumareh’s move to Thailand has been delayed.
He said the Gambian-born player is awaiting the Royal Thai Embassy in Kuala Lumpur to grant a Certificate of Entry and approval by Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) to enter Thailand.
“We have prepared all the required documents since Sept 6 for Sumareh to play with us this season. We want him to come here as soon as possible.
“Sumareh has desire to play in Thai league. He wants to prove himself. It is a new challenge (for Sumareh). It should be fun for him,” he told Bernama when contacted.
Sumareh will be reuniting with his national teammate Dominic Tan who signed a two-year contract with Police Tero FC in July, last year.
Upon arrival, Tanya said Sumareh will have to undergo compulsory quarantine at an alternative state quarantine hotel.
Sumareh was granted Malaysian citizenship and donned the Harimau Malaya jersey after undergoing the naturalisation process in 2018.
He has a contract with Pahang until 2022 but switched to Police Tero, two weeks after Pahang coach Dollah Salleh revealed that the player did not attend any team training sessions for a month since early August.