Burkina Faso coach Paulo Duarte says Vitória Sport Clube goalkeeper Nilson has made a nationality switch to don the Stallions colours.
A Brazilian-born footballer has decided to play for Burkina Faso, and will receive his first call up for the Stallions’ 2012 African Cup of Nations qualifying fourth round clash against Namibia, according to coach Paulo Duarte.
Portuguese Primeira Liga side Vitória Sport Clube’s goalkeeper Nilson Corrêa Júnior – popularly known as Nilson – has naturalized to become Bukrinabe, after playing in Brazil’s U21 outfit in the mid 1990s.
“I suggested he join us and he did not hesitate one minute. He is 35 and has never played for Brazil’s senior team. His name will figure on my list for Namibia qualifier to be released in a few days,” coach Duarte told Portuguese football site Blogolo on Monday.
Burkina Faso are actively forging ahead in their campaign for another Afcon finals appearance. They top the three-team Group F with six points ahead of Gambia (3) and Namibia (0).
“We’ll be calling another player from Cameroon who plays in Russia, and three others of Ivorian descent,” Duarte said.
The Namibia–Burkina Faso face-off takes place on June 6 at the Independence Stadium in Windhoek, Namibia.