By DEWAH Fabrice TEH
Sports writer, Kick442.com-Cameroon
One of the teams to participate in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon, Cape Verde is edging closer to boasting its chances of performing greatly in the forthcoming competition.
Alessio Sergio Fernando Da Cruz, one of the Cape Verde’s eligible soccer stars late last week officially began following up procedures to officially switch nationality from Dutch to Cape a Verdean in a bid to get himself legal permissions to represent the country during the 2021 AFCON and other upcoming competitions.
The 24-year-old late last week, left his Mexican top flight side, Santos Laguna and travelled to Dutch legislative headquarters, Amsterdam to begin the procedures to switch to represent the celebrated 2013 AFCON debutants.
The move which almost landed Alessio Da Cruz in trouble at club level, came weeks after the player officially declared his desire to play for Cape Verde at the senior level.
Alessio Sergio Fernando Da Cruz currently holds a Dutch nationality despite his parents coming from the African country.
He has represented Holland at several junior categories, including at the U18 and U20 levels. But he is still to feature in near star-studded Dutch senior team.
His switch to Cape Verde is expected to help boast the chances of the Blue Sharks as they make their third appearance in the Africa Cup of Nations after two consecutive participations in 2013 in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea and 2015 in Equatorial Guinea.
The former Parma striker will be looking forward to pair with the likes of ace Blue Shark stars. Amongst them, no nonsense defender Santos Tavares-Stopira and in-form forward Julio Tavares, both aged 33 years old as the Cape Verdeans eye yet another brilliant performance in the AFCON.
The nation shocked the continent eight years ago after reaching the quarter finals of the Africa Cup of Nations in their debut in 2013.
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