Chilean-born Matias Jadue has failed to receive clearance to represent Palestine at the 2015 Asian Cup.
The striker is still awaiting confirmation from FIFA of his switch of nationality. As he played four games for Chile’s youth team in 2009, 21-year-old Jadue required FIFA approval to change to the country of his father’s birth. He is now unlikely to make his international debut before Palestine’s 2018 World Cup qualification campaign gets underway.
“I don’t know if I can play in the Asian Cup because FIFA haven’t sent the answer to the changing of my nationality,” Jadue said. “FIFA hasn’t answered, we are waiting and we are doing all the things to make it happen.”
Thecentre-forward was left out of Palestine’s final 23-man squad. He plays for Universidad Catolica and was expected to be a guaranteed starter for his adopted country.
“I want to play with this national team because I am Palestinian, my father is Palestinian and I know my roots,” he said.