Ocansey Mandela Reveals Disappointment About Burkina Faso Snub
Horoya AC captain Ocansey Mandela says he regrets changing his nationality to Burkina Faso after being overlooked for national team call-ups.
The Ghanaian-born footballer changed his citizenship to the Francophone country so he could represent them on the international stage.
Mandela feels he has been neglected and overlooked by the federation officials whom he feels have demonstrated massive hatred against his return to the team.
“Everybody asks me why they do not call me in selection. I ask myself the same question too,” said the 29-year-old in an interview with Sports Mania as translated from French.
“With what I do for my Guinean club both domestically and in the Champions League, I deserve to be in the national team,”
[perfectpullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]”I regret changing my nationality and if it was possible I would have written to the authorities to ask to play for another country,”[/perfectpullquote]
an angry Mandela added.
Mandela was born in Accra to Ghanaian parents but holds a Burkinabe passport and has featured thrice for the Stallions in friendly matches which included the 2011 clash against South Africa.
He is a talented winger who was groomed at the Gomoah Fetteh Feyenoord Academy in Ghana and decided to represent Burkina Faso during his time at ASFA Yenega.