Top Sudanese side El Merreikh is in the final stage of obtaining citizenship for KCCA FC goalkeeper Jamal Salim Magoola to enable him feature in the second round of the Sudanese Premier League and for their national team if chance is availed.
Magoola, tranvelled to Khartoum last week, is expected to be registered for a license at the Sudan Football Federation today. The goalkeeper who helped KCCA FC retain the League title is expected to sign a two year contract which will cost the club over UGX100 million.
Salim Saieed, the El Merreikh Media Officer told sources that the Club President Jamal Al Wali is personally handling the goalkeeper’s transfer. Saieed explained that since the Sudan FA only accepts each club to have three foreign players, in their squad, they normally get for some players citizenship so that they can be licensed.
Magoola who also won the League title with Express FC in the 2011/2012 season attracted interest from the El Merreikh team after his outstanding form in the preliminary round of the 2014 CAF Champions League. KCCA FC went on to eject El Merreikh on a 3-2 goal aggregate and Magoola stopped two penalties in the first leg and one in Kampala.
The El Merreikh club currently has ten foreign players who include; Pascal Wawa (Ivory Coast), Olivier Tia Togbi (Ivory Coast), Kassenu Ghandi (Ghana), Mohamed Traore (Mali), Kor Troare (Burkina Faso), Bassirou Bamba (Mali), Shemelese Bekele (Ethiopia), Haman Sadjo (Cameroon), Fokou Alvi (Cameroon) and Isaac Malikh (Nigeria).
The team official however explained that the special citizenship these players hold does not give them a chance to feature for Sudan’s national team but Jamal is a bigger prospect though he has been overshadowed here by the current crop of goalies led by Onyango and Odongkara.