Lebanon's arrival in Australia could spark a case of split loyalties in Andrew Nabbout's family on Tuesday evening.
That is only half of the reason why the Caltex Socceroos striker of Lebanese background is so keen to grace the pitch.
Formerly a target of the Lebanon national team, Nabbout aims to return to the Caltex Socceroos team for the first time since sustaining a shoulder injury against Denmark in the FIFA World Cup 2018.
“It would be very nice [to play], especially considering they [Lebanon] were after me for a long time,” he told www.socceroos.com.au.
“They [my family] can’t wait. I guarantee if I get the honour to play in that game, they’re all going to be up there.
“They’ll always be supporting me but they’ve always got a soft spot for Lebanon."
READ: The defining moments of Tim Cahill’s Caltex Socceroos legacy
READ: The remarkable statistics behind Tim Cahill's 50 Caltex Socceroos goals
LICENCE TO ATTACK: Aziz Behich says Caltex Socceroos fullbacks thrive in new system
READ: ‘We will get that final ingredient’: Why Arnie is adamant floodgates will open
Back fit again after an intensive rehab program, the Japan-based striker is anticipating a strong Sydney crowd for Tim Cahill's last match in a Caltex Socceroos shirt.
“It wouldn’t surprise me if there’s a lot of fans in Lebanese shirts because Sydney has got a really big Lebanese community," he continued.
“It wouldn’t surprise me if they’ve got a big backing.
“It’s also Timmy [Cahill's] farewell game. That’s going to be another massive addition to that game. It’s going to be a good spectacle, definitely.”
'We have to thank Australia for giving us this opportunity': The magnificent mix of the Caltex Socceroos
Australia is a melting pot, and nothing illustrates that more than the country's national team, the Caltex Socceroos. Harmony Day, held each year on March 21, is Australia’s celebration of cultural diversity.
McGree and Genreau eager to play crucial role on road to Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games
Key Australia U-23s midfielder Riley McGree has declared he and his teammates are ‘ready and acclimatised’ to the stifling conditions in Cambodia, as they embark on qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics. Australia face hosts Cambodia on Saturday morning (AEDT) in c
Confirmed: Australia's group for inaugural FIFA eNations Cup
Australia's group for the inaugural FIFA eNations Cup has been confirmed after the draw took place early on Tuesday morning (AEDT) in Zurich. Australia has been drawn into Group D alongside Portugal, Russia, Denmark and Netherlands, while 15 more nations were sorted into Group
23s show good signs against tough Tigers team
Australia U-23 National Team Head Coach Graham Arnold believes Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Malaysia U-23 at the Shah Alam Stadium close to Kuala Lumpur was the ‘perfect’ preparation for his squad leading up to Friday’s 2020 AFC U-23 Championship Qualification opener against Cambodia i