Watford manager Rob Edwards says Hamza Choudhury could become a beacon of inspiration for the next generation if he decides to play international football for Bangladesh.
The Loughborough-born former England U21 midfielder, who has Grenadian and Sylhet heritage, opened up about the possibility of playing for Bangladesh in an interview last week – air Sky Sports News – With Nujum Sports, where he became the latest ambassador for a support group for Muslim athletes.
Watford boss Edwards confirmed he had read the story further Sky Sports to digital platforms and said that Choudhury can give the next generation of youngsters a new sense of faith if he chooses to play for Bangladesh.
“I think it could be a fantastic thing if he decides to do it,” Edwards said when asked about Choudhury’s potential impact.
“I think he can be a real beacon for young Bangladeshi kids who can look up to him and say I can do this.
“Hamza can be a real shining light as someone who can encourage others to take up the sport. If he decides to do that, it can be a really positive thing for a lot of people.”
Choudhury struggled for minutes at Leicester last season but has been a mainstay in Edwards’ side since joining the Hornets on a season-long loan with an option to buy.
Edwards added: “He’s been a pleasure to work with. He’s someone who gives 100 per cent every day. He’s very positive and it shows in his performances. I can’t speak highly enough of him.
“Certainly [the best is yet to come from him], there is no doubt. He is a very good young player and also a very good person.”
Choudhury’s arrival at Watford last month was welcomed by the club’s East and South East Asian fans’ group ESEA Hornets, who said they were delighted to welcome a British Asian to the football club.
ESEA Hornets, a supporters’ group committed to diversity, teamed up with Watford, the Frank Soo Foundation and the Sky Sports and Sporting Equals partnerships to host a free event at Vicarage Road on Thursday night to promote East and South. Engaging East Asia in the beautiful game.
Guests arrived through the players’ entrance and enjoyed refreshments in the lounge used by players and their families on game days.
A panel discussion, hosted by sports journalist Josh Sim, followed in Watford’s press conference room. England Women’s lead physio Alicia Tang, FA coach developer Lawrence Lok and ESEA Hornets founder Alan Lau attended.
Karen Stephanou, Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at Watford Community Sports and Education Trust, told Sky Sports News: “It was a fantastic night which brought different communities together, including lots of different supporters’ groups, which was great to see as well. We’ve already had good feedback on this on what more we can do to support communities, raise awareness and increase opportunities.
ESEA Hornets founder Lau added: “It was an important event and a good starting point. The idea was to get people talking in the space, because that’s how we all work together and make progress to change things.
“Watford has been amazing to work with. It’s almost too easy at times because Watford get it and have been really open to everything I’ve wanted to do. It’s also amazing for me as a Watford fan that the club reciprocates that love.”
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