Register Login Scores

African Football

France-Born Star Makes Debut For African Country

France's 2018 FIFA World Cup-winning team included many players with African heritage who decided against representing their African roots, but a France-born star has now made his debut for an African nation after opting to snub his country of birth.

Click through the gallery above to see other European-born players who decided to play for African countries.

As many as 15 of Didier Deschamps' 2018 World Cup winners had African roots one way or another. However, Valencia midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia recently decided against representing his birth country.

Kondogbia was born in Nemours, France, to Central African Republican parents and ran out for his birth country up until now. He won the U20 FIFA World Cup with France in 2013 and made five senior appearances – all in friendlies – for Les Bleus.

However, with his last France appearance dating back to 7 September 2015, the strong central midfielder decided to switch his international allegiance to the Central African Republic few weeks ago.

He accepted a call-up from coach Raoul Savoy in September already but missed out on a debut for the Central African Republic in the previous international break due to injury. However, Kondogbia was once again called up this time around and made his debut against Ivory Coast on Friday evening.

The 25-year-old was handed a start and the captain's armband on his official CAR debut, but he ended up on the losing side as they went down 4-0 against the Elephants.

Read: Africa's Lost World Cup-Winning XI

Kondogbia was able to switch allegiances because, according to FIFA rules, a player can swap nationalities as long as he has not represented a country in an official game.

Do you think more African teams should look for players with African roots who were overlooked by European nations? Have your say in the comments section below.

Seven Chiefs Players Who Could Benefit From Macufe Cup

The Top 13 Goalscorers In Europe Update

Africa Loses Another Talent To Europe

3 comments

Top 5

Reports: Barca Star Wants Out Because Of Messi

25 Oct 16, 2020 08:00 PM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

Swallows To Edge Chiefs In Race For Downs Star?

41 Oct 23, 2020 10:36 AM in Mamelodi Sundowns

14 Footballers Who Have Degrees

25 Sep 16, 2020 08:30 PM in World News

Messi Sends Message To Ronaldo

12 Oct 23, 2020 08:30 AM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

Pitso's Al Ahly Advance To Champions League Final

101 Oct 23, 2020 11:02 PM in Players Abroad

New Boys On The Block – Bucs' 4 New Hot Rides

Oct 22, 2020 04:25 PM in Stars & Their Cars

Agent Comments On Laffor’s Downs Future

51 Oct 20, 2020 07:48 PM in Mamelodi Sundowns

Seven Down, Four To Go For Pirates’ 11 Departures

19 Oct 20, 2020 01:06 PM in Orlando Pirates

11 Footballers Who Went Broke

33 Jun 10, 2020 07:15 PM in World News

Rejected: Why Baroka Wont’ Sell To Chiefs

15 Oct 20, 2020 07:11 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

The World's 10 Highest-Paid Football Stars Today

3 Sep 14, 2020 08:30 PM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

Maluleke To Be Unveiled At New Club

7 Oct 20, 2020 09:13 AM in Siyagobhoza