Alexander Oluwatayo Akande, or commonly known as Alex Tayo, could finally get a Hong Kong passport over the next few days.
The Nigerian-born forward, who plays for the Premier League champions Kitchee, arrived in Hong Kong in 2008 when he first plied his trade for Second Division side Tai Chung.
After living for more that five years in Hong Kong, Akande is about to obtain his current residence’s citizenship which then will make him eligible to play with the national team.
“It could be within the next few days,” said Kitchee’s director of football Chu Chi-kwong was quoted by South China Morning Post.
“In the end, it is up to the coach whether he wants to select Akande or not but in my view he will make it more competitive for a place up front for the Hong Kong team.
“Hong Kong did not create sufficient chances against Bhutan and Akande’s arrival could help solve that problem.”
Meanwhile, Hong Kong coach Kim Pan-gon has hinted that he would welcome the 26-year-old striker as a valuable additional to his side for the upcoming matches against Maldives and China in the World Cup qualifiers next month.
“We heard he has already got approval from the immigration department,” said Kim Pan-gon. “We know the player well as he has been around for a while and he should be able to boost our striking power.”