Eleta Kingsley’s football future in Bangladesh is uncertain since he failed to establish himself as a regular member of the Bangladesh national team and was therefore rejected by Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) clubs for the upcoming 2023-24 season.
Kingsley, a 33-year-old striker, made his Bangladesh debut in the team’s FIFA friendly matches against Seychelles earlier this year after obtaining citizenship. However, he did not score in either of those games and has missed the team’s other nine international matches since then.
Despite his fame, the two-time BPL champion’s club football prospects are gloomy because not a single team in the country’s premier division is interested in signing him.
The following is a transcript of a Sunday interview between The Daily Star and Kinsley’s wife, Liza Jafar. I have no idea regarding his transfer status. He probably knows more about him than I do.
While playing for Abahani last season, Eleta scored eight goals in 14 matches. Chittagong Muktijoddha Krira Sangsad signed him for five games in the current Saif Powertec Ctg Premier Football League, but released him after two games when he failed to score.
Both against Shatodal Club and Brothers Union, he logged at least 45 minutes of playing time but was unable to find the back of the net. His weight gain and history of injuries gave me the impression that he was unfit. Muktijoddha Krira Sangsad coach Akbar Hossain Ridon said to The Daily Star, “We released him after two matches.” “However, there is no question over his scoring ability, shooting, and heading but he is not match fit.”
Kingsley began his professional cricketing career in Bangladesh in the 2011–12 BPL season with the Arambagh KS before going on to play for the BJMC, Muktijoddha Sangsad, Chattogram Abahani, Bashundhara Kings, and Abahani.
The 2015 Sheikh Kamal International Club Cup was won by Chattogram Abahani with his assistance.