Vipers SC defender Rashid Toha has decided to choose South Sudan over Uganda Cranes national team, this website can exclusively confirm.
The lanky defender who is nursing an injury, revealed the developments to this website.
The defender has not earned a single minute for Uganda at either youth or senior level.
He was unused substitute for Uganda against Rwanda in CHAN qualifiers and against South Sudan in the U20.
“I have been thinking about playing for South Sudan for a good time given the fact that they have been on my neck,” Toha revealed.
“I feel I have to go where I am needed most, I am not running away because of being a coward or something of a sort.
“They (South Sudan) have been on my neck for so long and what really matters are the caps which maybe put in consideration at some time.”
Toha who joined Vipers from Onduparaka FC, was born on October 9, 1998 in Adjumani Hospital. He is a son of Abubaker Asiku (RIP) and Hassen Fatuma who are both Ugandans.
His eligibility to play for South Sudan is through the lineage of his grandparents.
FIFA eligibility rules dictate that a player is only locked in for a particular nation when he has played in a competitive senior international fixture.
He joins Bernard Agele as the other player South Sudan naturalised. Busoga United’s Ivan Wani has also switched allegiance from Uganda South Sudan.
Toha who joined Onduparaka while he was still a student, has been on South Sudan’s radar since 2016.
He has also played for Ramadhan FC and Moyo Central in his youth career.
Since his move to the Venoms in September 2019, he has struggled to command playing time partly because of an injury.
He has featured once for Vipers; a one all draw with Mbarara city.
“Indeed it has been the injury but Alhamdulilah I am getting fine now and ready to put this behind me,” Toha commented.
On how he spends his day during this lockdown, he opened up: “I am indoors the all day , get out to train like for about an hour in the compound with some makeshift gym at home.”
“So far so good, there is no need to hurry because I am still recovering from the injury.”
He made the 18-man squad as Uganda eliminated Rwanda in a 3-0 win at St.Marys stadium as Cranes reached the final tournament of CHAN that were held in Morocco 2018.