Jared Clark is a 22-year-old footballer born in Australia whose mother is from Vanuatu. Currently playing for Croydon Kings in his home country, Clark started the process to get the Ni-Vanuatu citizenship in January in order to become eligible to represent his mother’s country internationally.
He received full support from Vanuatu Football Federation (VFF) since the process started. He was even in the 54-men list released by VFF as Vanuatu National Team provisional squad for 2020 OFC Nations Cup.
According to Clark, the process is almost done – “I believe the last step is going to Vanuatu for the ceremony. With the COVID-19 traveling restrictions it is hard to see when that will be,” he explained – “once the ceremony has been done then it will be official and certified that I am a Ni-Vanuatu citizen,” he added.
His naturalization process was speeded up in order to make him available to represent Vanuatu in 2020 OFC Nations Cup. However the competition was cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemics – “I was very keen on playing the OFC Nations Cup but COVID-19 has messed everything up,“ he revealed.
Clark is not going to be the first player born in Australia to represent Vanuatu internationally. Hume City’s midfielder Mitch Cooper faced the same process recently. He made his debut for Vanuatu National Team in 2019 Pacific Games.
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