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Sundowns defender Bangaly Soumahoro ready to play for Guinea national team instead of Cote d'Ivoire

14:01 GMT+3 22/05/2018
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The versatile Masandawana player is ready to play for the Syli Nationale instead of the Elephants

Mamelodi Sundowns versatile player Bangaly Soumahoro says he is considering playing for the Guinean national team instead of Cote d'Ivoire.

The big player was born in Cote d’Ivoire, but has expressed his desire in playing for the Syli Nationale. 

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

The 26-year-old was born in Ivory Coast to an Ivorian father and a Guinean mother.

In an interview with a Conakry-based publication, Bangaly has declared his intentions to represent the 2015 Afcon quarter finalists in the near future.

“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.

Bangaly began his footballing career in Abidjan and played for Afad Djekanou as well as ASEC Mimosas before joining the Brazilians in 2015.

Moreover, he had a short stint in Romanian Liga 1 with Sport Club Municipal Ramnicu Valcea, but returned to Ivory Coast after playing for two matches.

As they get to face Horoya, Bangaly will be under scrutiny after committing a costly error last week against Spanish giants Barcelona; the blunder led to an early goal from Ousmane Dembele in the third minute. Sundowns lost the friendly 3-1 at the FNB Stadium.

On the other hand, 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 currently sit third on the group log with one point from a single match played so far.