Most of our readers want Selangor striker Rangel to be naturalized and don the tiger stripes of Malaysia
BY ZULHILMI ZAINAL Follow on Twitter
It seems that an overwhelming majority of Goal MY readers are receptive to the idea of Selangor's Brazilian striker and the current topscorer of Malaysia Super League (MSL), Paulo Rangel being naturalised by the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) to play for Malaysia.
As of 11 a.m, May 3rd, 776 readers (79.3%) answered 'Yes' to the poll "Should Malaysia naturalize Selangor hotshot Paulo Rangel?" which we began on 11 a.m 30 April. The remaining 205 readers, perhaps the more purist ones, polled 'No' (21.2%).
The idea which made its round throughout social media networks following Rangel's second hattrick in the AFC Cup last week, was even received positively by the 29-year old himself, who expressed on his Instagram account that he would be proud to represent Malaysia.
Even better, interim national team head coach Dato' Ong Kim Swee also told the media that he would welcome Rangel if he was eligible to represent the Malayan Tigers.
However a snag appeared in the form of FAM secretary-general, Datuk Hamidin Amin who was reported by Berita Harian on Friday to say that this may not happen, due to the facts that the naturalisation process requires a 5-year period, something that Rangel might not have due to his age.
But we can hope, can't we?