The Curaçao union has been working on it for a few months. Guus Hiddink, the island’s national coach since November, has kept Anita personally informed. “He’s the first person to congratulate me,” Anita smiles. “What did I tell him then? Thanks, and I’m ready.”
Hiddink likes to call his players himself, he lets you know through a Skype connection from Willemstad. “Fortunately, that was good news.” The 74-year-old coach is visibly excited about his latest addition. “He’s been through it all. He’s been itinerant, been through the intensity of England. All the baggage we can use well.”
Hiddink, after a tanned week in Curacao, is delighted that players now have the opportunity to change football passports at an older age. “I think that’s good. A career can go wrong for a while, or there will be a new policy and then you can be left out as a player. It’s a shame when you’re so young. boys still have the chance to start an international career.
Not only does Curacao benefit from FIFA rules, Suriname has also (in part) been able, literally, to call up a squad of new players. National coach Dean Gorré has been able to strengthen his squad in recent months with players such as Ramon Leeuwin (AZ), Ryan Koolwijk (Almere City) and Damil Dankerlui (FC Groningen).
Check out the reports on Anita and Dankerlui below in the carousel.