If African footballers like Djibril Cissé, or Zinedine Zidane have been able to find a place in France team after choosing their country of birth or birth to the detriment of their countries of origin, this is not the case for others. They may regret their choice if they do not return to reason very quickly.
The right-back of Olympique de Marseille has refused the Senegalese selection for the 2018 World Cup, hoping for a place among the blues of France. Unfortunately, he will not have this chance, and will not participate in the world in Russia. He who made the final and definite decision to play for the France team, may regret his choice, because the defending world champions do not lack talent in this post, Benjamin Pavard, and Djibril Sidibé in particular. Like him, many African players who have denied their home country are in this situation that could definitely drown any chance they have to evolve in a selection.
Munir El Haddadi
He already has a selection with Spain. But the new recruit of FC Seville from Barça, wanted to join the lions of the Atlas of Morocco to compete in the world 2018. He saw his request rejected first by FIFA, and then by the arbitral tribunal Sport. Munir El Haddadi can no longer play with Morocco where his chances are greater, no longer with Spain, where he competes with Morata, Iago Aspas and Diego Costa. His first and only match with La Roja was in September 2014, Spain’s 5-1 win over Macedonia.
The striker of Malian origin will he be able to find a place, even substitute on the front of the attack of the team of France? Nothing is less sure. However, he made the choice to play for the France team to the detriment of that of Mali. His recent friendly selection against Uruguay is likely to be the only game of his career. It is not the talent that is lacking.
It may be time to take a serious look at the issue, at the risk of even more African players mortgaging their careers.