Iran-born Indian origin footballer Omid Singh has accepted an invitation by India head coach Igor Stimac to join the Team India camp.
In an interview with newspaper Tehran Times, the 28 year old Omid Singh said, “I liked to play for Iran national football team, but I was not invited to Team Melli. At the moment, Iran are one of the best teams in Asia and it’s hard to be part of the team. Mr Stimac called me and I accepted to play for India,”
“I am not familiar with the Indian football team but I know that they have progressed a lot in recent years. David James, Robert Pires, Nicolas Anelka, Roberto Carlos and Zico have played in Indian league in the past years,” he said.
Speaking on his potential jersey number, Imid said, “I always wear #7, but they want to hand me #17. I hope they give me #7 in India.”
“India are a rising team in Asia and can compete with the continent’s giants. The team will not surely lose to South Korea with six goals. They have invested in the development of football in recent years.”
“Many Iranians are unhappy with my decision, but I am going to make them proud. My father is an Indian, however, I was born in Iran,” Omid ended by saying.
While the player has confirmed his participation in the India camp, there has been no info from the All India Football Federation and what the status of citizenship is with Omid Singh, then without an Indian passport he cannot represent India.