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Two French Youth Internationals Choose Africa Over Europe

Two youngsters, who represented France at youth level, have decided to snub the European nation and switch allegiance to an African country.

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Olympique Lyon striker Maxwel Cornet, 20, and Udinese midfielder Seko Fofana, 21, have decided to represent Ivory Coast at senior level, as reported by BBC Sport.

Cornet, who has scored eight goals in 40 games for Lyon this season, represented France at all youth levels from U16. Overall, he made 52 appearances, scoring 24 goals.

The 20-year-old was born in Bregbo, Ivory Coast, but emigrated to France at a young age. Fofana, meanwhile, was born in Paris but his parents come from the African nation.

The midfielder has made 23 appearances for Udinese this season, scoring five goals, and represented France 33 times at different youth levels.

The duo were reportedly persuaded by new Ivory Coast coach Marc Wilmots, who met both Cornet and Fofana this week, as reported by BBC Sport.

Read: 12 Talented Africans To Never Play In Europe

According to FIFA regulations, players can switch their allegiance before making an appearance for the senior national team, with Crystal Palace attacker Wilfried Zaha, who recently also decided to represent Ivory Coast, doing so despite playing for England at youth level.

Do you think Bafana Bafana should try to convince more European-based players with links to South Africa to play for the national team? Have your say in the comments section below.

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