Ghanaian striker Abednego Tetteh has revealed that he turned down an opportunity to make a switch of nationality to represent Sudan national team.
The 26-year-old became an instant hit at Al Hilal when he joined from Ghana Premier League side Bechem United in a two-year deal last year.
He has scored 14 goals in all competitions this season, providing two assists.
“Sudan wanted me to naturalise for them but I rejected,” Tetteh said.
“I’m from Ghana so why should I even think of naturalising for another country? Even if I don’t get the opportunity to play for Ghana, I will be satisfied than switching nationality.
“It was my agent who initially told me about the offer but to be honest, I will not play for Sudan because I don’t even know their culture. Moreover, I can’t even recite their national anthem so I will rather focus on playing for Hilal and try to be a success in order to be given an opportunity by Ghana.”
He added: “Representing Sudan could be likened to betrayal, so I will be patient and fight harder. I know in due time, I will also have the opportunity from Kwesi Appiah to the national team.’’
Tetteh is expected to play a crucial role in Hilal's quest to qualify to the quarterfinals of the Caf Champions League as they host Tunisian giants Etoile Sportive du Sahel next week.