# Matrices as MatrixGroupElements - coercion error

How does one transform a matrix over GF(q^2) into an element of a matrix group? Specifically, how to get access to the base field of SU(3, q), which is GF(q^2)?

Consider the following script:

```
from sage.all import *
q = 3
f0 = GF(q)
f = GF(q**2, 'x')
x = f('x')
z = f0(0)
e = f0(1)
g = SU(3, q)
y = x**2
print(y==-y**q)
a = matrix([[e, z, y], [z, e, z], [z, z, e]])
print(g(a))
```

The output is

```
True
[ 1 0 x + 1]
[ 0 1 0]
[ 0 0 1]
```

followed by

```
TypeError: unable to coerce from a finite field other than the prime subfield
```

with a rather deep stacktrace.

My initial guess was that the problem is that I specialized 'x' as the generator for GF(q^2), but changing this to

```
f = GF(q**2)
x = f.gens()[0]
```

produces the same result.

How to get around this?