Borussia Dortmund Jadon Sancho’s ex-teammate David Sesay insists his international dream is to represent Kenya despite being eligible to play for England and Sierra Leone.
The Crawley Town defender Sesay, who joined the Watford youth team the same year with Sancho in 2007, says he is ready to represent his mother’s native country, Kenya.
The 21-year-old was born in north west London to a Kenyan mother. His father, Deen Sesay turned out for the Sierra Leone national football team. His mother was born in Ndenderu, a settlement in Kenya’s Central Province, but relocated to the United Kingdom.
The man rumoured to be on West Bromwich Albion’s radar is convinced of the three countries he is eligible to represent at international level, “Kenya is the best option”.
Sesay, a right back with the fourth-tier club based in West Sussex, was unable to honour a call-up to the Kenya national football team ahead of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations finals in Egypt. There were reports in England that he rejected a Kenya call-up.
“People say I rejected the chance to play for Kenya but that is not true,” he said.
He revealed that he had no Kenyan passport when the Kenyan Football Federation approached him.
“I had also just changed clubs at the time and I had to settle down. Now I am 100 percent ready to play for Kenya.”
Should Sesay opt for Kenya, he would first need to apply for a Kenyan passport. Kenyan laws allow for dual citizenship.
Harambee Stars coach Francis Kimanzi has already confirmed his keenness to work with the youngster.
“My experience with these players (of Kenyan descent) is that normally they confirm their availability for national team duty in the media but when we call them up, they do not respond. If Sesay is now available, we will give him a chance,” said Kimanzi.
Sesay, who had a stint at the Chelsea academy, started playing football at the age of six. He spent 10 years at Watford, seven of them alongside England winger, Sancho.
“He (Sancho) is a good friend and we are always in touch,” says Sesay.
Sesay’s stay at Watford came to an end when he was released by the club. In 2018, he joined Crawley Town.
By Mthokozisi Dube