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Malaysia football turn the "old man" from Africa to be naturalized for the upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification

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The Malaysian Football Federation (FAM) is quickly making naturalization procedures for a Nigerian striker with a very long name, Michael Ijezie Chukwubunna, to soon wear the national team for the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification.

Michael Ijezie Chukwubunna plays at the club UKM FC and is playing extremely well in the Malaysian league. The Nigerian striker was 1m85 tall, playing both his feet and his head well and had 17 goals in 19 appearances.

That destructive form made FAM have to find all the ways of naturalization for Chukwubunna, so he could soon wear a Malaysian shirt to attend the 2022 World Cup qualifier. Like Vietnam and Thailand, Malaysia is hoping to contribute to the biggest football festival on the planet after 3 years, if FIFA raises the total number of teams to 48 teams.

Chukwubunna never wore a Nigerian shirt and it was an advantage for the striker. However, this year he is 31 years old and many people worry that this "old man" will not be able to devote a long time. However, coach Tan Cheng Hoe still wants to take advantage of the days he is at the peak of his form, to serve the immediate benefit of the national team.

Before Chukwubunna, a Malaysian player who once owned an African-born player, Mohamadou Sumareh (Gambia-origin), who is currently playing for Pahang Club and had a good performance at the 2018 AFF Cup - the tournament the Vietnamese team won.

While Malaysia football is urgently in need of citizenship, Vietnam is still not interested in this issue. Even overseas Vietnamese players are playing very well in Europe like Alexander Dang (Nest-Sotra Club - Norway), defender Jason Quang-Vinh Pendant (Sochaux club - France) or Filip Nguyen goalkeeper (Slovan Liberec club - Czech Republic) has not yet been approved by VFF to return to Vietnam for contribution.