Ratchaburi striker Heberty Fernandes revealed that he has attained Timor Leste nationality after his application was accepted by the country’s government.
The Brazil-born attacker joined the Thai Premier League side in 2014, successfully leading the Dragons to finish fourth last season and winning the league’s Golden Boot prize with 26 goals from 36 appearances.
“Finally, I’m 100% Timorese now,” the 26-year-old told reporters. “But I don’t know whether I will get the call-up from the Timor Leste national team or not. We’ll see later.
Heberty’s newly acquired nationality means that he will be available to play in the upcoming joint qualifiers of 2018 World Cup and 2019 Asian Cup as well as next year’s AFF Suzuki Cup.
In recent years, Timor Leste has approached many Brazilian descendants to join their national team, including Oita Trinita striker Murilo de Almeida and Chonburi star Thiago Cunha.