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2022. Május 05. 12:38  -  David Rechnitzer
Bamgboye Funsho becomes a Hungarian citizen

Our 23-year-old player took the oath of citizenship in front of Dr. András Cser-Palkovics.

On Thursday morning at ten o'clock in the Hiemer House's marriage ceremony room, our winger Funsho was invited to take the oath of citizenship and become a fellow countryman on the 5th May. The ceremony was attended by our sporting director István Sallói and our vice-captain Stopira, among others. The ceremony was closed by the mayor of Székesfehérvár, Dr. András Cser-Palkovics, who welcomed Funsho as a Hungarian citizen and wished him and the whole Vidi team good luck for the league season.

"It means a lot to me to have been granted Hungarian citizenship, as I have been living here for more than five years and consider Hungary my home. Selection is still in the future, of course I am open to it. It would be a great honour to represent my country, but I know that to do that I will have to perform well at Vidi to get attention, so I am currently putting all my energy into finishing the season well," said Funsho, holding the naturalisation document in his hand.

"I think that the naturalisation of a player is a big thing not only for the footballer but also for his club. I noticed Funsho already in the youth team of Haladas and I'm glad that life has finally brought us to work together here at Vidi. He's an outspoken, fun-loving guy who is a popular figure in the dressing room, and I know that today means a lot to him, because he loves living here and he absolutely loves Hungary. It's a good thing for the club, because the number of Hungarian players will increase from today, and we hope that in the future we can help the national team. Funsho's dynamism and speed mean that he could be able to compete at international level, he still needs to improve his decision-making, and if he does, I think he could be close to the national team in the future," said our sporting director István Sallói

From our current squad, Nemanja Nikolic , Loic Nego and Stopira took the oath of Hungarian citizenship in Székesfehérvár, as did Paulo Vinícius and Suljic Asmir, who now play elsewhere. Funsho has previously played for Nigeria's U17 national team, where he won the U17 World Cup, but under FIFA's 2020 rule changes he will be eligible to play for the Hungarian national team in the future, provided he receives an invitation from the national team manager.

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