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African Star Explains Decision To Reject World Champions France

An African star, who was nominated for the BBC African Player of the Year award, has explained why he does not regret snubbing World champions France to represent Senegal.

Read: 5 Nominees For BBC African Player Of The Year Announced

Napoli's star defender Kalidou Koulibaly has caught the eye of a number of Europe's top clubs in recent years.

Kouliably represented France at under-20 level but he opted to represent the Lions of Teranga in 2015.

The defender could have been a World Cup winner had he stayed with France, but he insists he made the right decision.

"I don't have any regrets because I want to write the story of the future of Senegal football and I hope I'll be able to do that," Koulibaly told BBC Sport.
 
"For me [the World Cup] was a good experience because I wanted to show that Senegal is one of the best teams in Africa.
 
"I spoke about the decision with my wife and I chose to go with Senegal.
 
"When I saw the light in the eyes of my parents when I told them I had chosen Senegal, I was really happy and comfortable with my choice."
 

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