It’s every football player’s dream to represent their country but what happens when that call up just doesn’t come at every available opportunity?
Vipers Sports Club centre back Rashid Toha knows just how it feels like, which explains his recent decision to switch nationalities from Uganda to South Sudan.
“I had to make that decision, I was being called up for regional tours and U23 games but missed out on the starting team on several occasions which made me believe that I can’t play for the senior team,” Toha told Football256 before adding.
“I had discussions with the national team coach of South Sudan and he is ready to give me a chance to prove myself, if it fails then I will regret but if it’s positive then I will also be thankful for the decision.”
The former Onduparaka captain is well aware about the pressure from agents who prefer capped players and after four years of being left out, the towering defender finally heeded to the South Sudan FA calls.
“To be honest the South Sudan FA has been chasing after me for the last three years and I have been turning it down because I thought I will be of help for the national team of Uganda which wasn’t the case,” he added.
Toha qualifies to represent the Bright Stars through his maternal grandmother who is from the war-ravaged small nation.
Much as he has never played for the Cranes in any official game, Toha was part of the Cranes Na Mutima tours as well as being summoned for the U23 qualifiers but didn’t make the final squad.
The set piece specialist also weighed on his first season at Vipers where he’s been more in the treatment room than on the pitch,
“To be honest, it’s disappointing because of the knee injury I got when I had just joined because people expected a lot from me but am happy to have won the league because it’s a dream come true, hopefully next season is better.”
Vipers were crowned league champions after FUFA aborted the league due to the Covid-19 pandemic.