Court backs Tamuz
ISRAEL’S Supreme Court has given the government 21 days to explain why international striker Toto Tamuz should be refused full citizenship and given the right to serve in the Israeli Defence Force.
The 18-year-old was abandoned in Israel by his Nigerian parents at the age of three and raised by his foster mother, Irit Tamuz.
The Betar Jerusalem striker, who has only been granted residency in Israel, caught the eye in last year’s Euro 2008 qualifiers, scoring on his full international debut against Andorra and setting up another in the 1-1 draw in Russia. He also laid on the winning goal against France which took Israel’s under-21s through to the finals in Holland later this year.
Meanwhile, Israel began their preparations for this summer’s under-21 European Championships with a 3-0 victory over Cyprus’ under-20 team in Larnaca. Shlomi Arbeitman, Roy Dayan and Amit Ben Shushan netted.