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African Football Players Representing Foreign Countries

African Football Players Representing Foreign Countries
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As a football lover you’d love to have good and tactical players in your favorite team. Everybody or say 90% of football lovers do support their countries or countries they’re from. Whether they were born inside that particular country or not.

The world has changed today, and has brought about easy migration and immigration laws in countries around the world. Because of this, big and wealthy cities around the world now are all metropolitan cities.

What we mean here is, all these cities comprises people from different countries, religion, races etc… This has affected football very much and because of this, numerous players represent different countries because of their personal reasons.

Some because they were born there, or they grew up there others because they got their talents nurtured there. This is all good because, it promotes world unity and diversifies our communities to promote rapid growth in aspects like politics, sports, economy, and many others.

In this article, we have curated almost 50+ players in the world now in their prime playing football at higher stages that could or can represent Africa if they want to. Simply, 50 football players that can also represent African countries.

Stick with us till the end of this guide, because you may discover players you didn’t ever know are from your country.

African Football Players Representing Foreign Countries

50+ Football Players That can Also Represent African Countries

  1. Paul Pogba: (France)

Pogba is one of the world’s best midfielders. He was part of the France team that won the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. His parents are said to be from Guinea, but he was born in France. He chose to represent France, but his elder brothers represented Guinea.

  1. Eduardo Cammavinga: (France)

Cammavinga is also one of the promising talent in football currently. He is also known to have parents from Angola and Congo. And just like his name goes Eduardo a Portuguese name.(Angola’s colonial master is Portugal so they speak Portugese).

He represents France anyways, and he participated in the FIFA Worldcup 2022 at Qatar in France’s blue Jersy.

  1. Rafael Leao: (Portugal)

Leao is also one of the best wingers in the world right now. He participated in the 2022 worldcup representing Portugal. He was born in Portugal and his parents are said to be from Angola.

He chose Portugal ver Angola since he was born in Portugal.

  1. Pesnel Kimpembe: (France)

The French and currently a PSG defender is also known to have Congolese descent. His parents are from Congo. But he represent France since he was born in France.

  1. Tammy Abraham: (England)

Abraham is also said to have Nigeria descent. He has represented the three lions in various competitions at young age.

  1. Eddy Nketiah: (England)

Nketiah also has a Ghanaian descent. His parents are immigrants from Ghana. He was born in the UK and reaches the requirement to represent them in any football competition. He has already represented them in various U-20 matches.

  1. Hudson Odoi: (England)

Odoi is also one of the best midfeilders in the world now. Odoi was known to be one opf the promising stars during his Chelsea days and still doing great at Leverkusen. He was born in England and known to have a Ghanaian descent. His parent are Ghanaians.

  1. Antonio Rüdiger: (Germany)

He currently one of German’s best defenders. He’s known to play wholheartedly when on the feild. His parents are imigrants from Serria Leone, he chose to represent Germanay since that was were his talent was nurtured.

  1. Ansu Fati: (Spain)

Barcelona’s wonderkid Ansu Fati is also one of the players with African descent. For Fati he was born in Africa. A country called Guinea Bissau where his parents are from.

  1. Nico Williams: (Spain)

Nico Williams Athletic Club’s wonder boy, he’s one of the world’s finest attackers. He represents the Spanish national team, but has a Ghanaian descent. His parents are from Ghana, and his elder brother Inaki Williams represented Ghana in the 2022 Fifa World cup.

  1. Anthony Elanga (Sweden)

Elanga is also one of the players who can represent Africa. His father was a Cameroonian footballer. During his days in Malmo that was when he gave birth to Anthony Elanga. Elanga represents the Swedish national team although he has a Cameroonian dsecent.

  1. Breel Embolo: (Switzerland)

Switzerlands striker is also one of the players who could represent Africa. He was Born Cameroon. Lived in France and later settled in Switzerland. Switzlerland was were his football talent was nurtured, so he decided to play for them.

Although there are rumours that he wanted to play for Cameroon but was asked to pay some sum of money before he will be allowed to play form them.

  1. Steve Mandanda: (France)

Rennes goal keeper was born in DR Congo. His parents are from Congo DR but decided to represent France

  1. Ross Barkley: (England)

Ross is also known to have a Nigerian descent. Although he is not a full Nigerian. His dad is a Nigerian whiles his mom is an English woman. He decided to represent England because of fews issues.

  1. David Alaba: (Austria)

The Austrian maestro Alaba is also one of the players who could have represented Africa. Although his mom is not an African, he dad is. His dad is from Nigeria and his mom is from the Phillipines. He could have represented Nigeria.

  1. Kevin Danso: (Austria)

Austrian central defender Danso alsop is one of the players who can represent Africa. He currently playes in France. His parents are from Ghana an his name is a typical Akan name in Ghana.

  1. Manuel Akanji: (Switzerland)

The Swiss and City defender is also in our list. He has a Nigerian descent. He is also a mixed race dude, and one of his parents is known to be from Nigeria. His surname name is a typical Nigerian name.

  1. Leroy Sané: (Germany)

Leroy was is a mixed race dude. His half is from German and other half from Burkina Faso. His father was a footballer sometime ago. His mom is known to a be a German. In this case he can represent Germany or Burkina Faso. He chose German tho…

  1. Bukayo Saka: (England)

Saka is also on our list. He was born in Nigeria and later migrated to England. His parents are Nigerians but he chose to represent the three lions.

  1. Ngolo Kante: (France)

Kante is known widely to be one of the nicest footballers. His attitude makes him loved by almost every football lover. Kante also was born in France but known to have a Mali descent. He even paid a visit to Mali to visit his people some time ago.

  1. Jeremy Frimpong: (Netherlands)

The Orange’s Right-back is also on our list. Frimpong was born by Ghanaian immigrants in the Netherlands. He holds a typical Akan name like Nketiah, Osei tutu, Danso etc… He chose to represent the Netherlands tho… and went to the 2022 FIFA World Cup with them.

  1. Jeremie Doku: (Belgium)

Doku also one of Ghana’s players in Foreign. He was born in Belgium by Ghanaian parents and lived there is whole life. He chose to represent Belgium over Ghana.

  1. Cody Cakpo:(Netherlands)

Cakpo is one of the world’s best attackers in the world now. He did very well in the 2022 FIFA World Cup scoring over 3 goals. Cakpo is also known to have a Ghanaian-Togolese dad and Dutch mom. He chose Netherlands over Ghana and Togo, not even sure he had even been to Ghana as of now. But for Togo yes.

  1. Memphis Depay: (Netherlands)

Memphis is also known to have a Ghanaian dad and Dutch mom. He chose Netherland over Ghana, because of some family issues. After that was ettled, he has been to Ghana several times.

  1. Jerome Boateng: (Germany)

Jerome is also known to be one of German best defenders. His brother is Kevin Prince Boateng who played for Ghana in the 2010 and 2014 Fifa Worldcup. He chose Germany over Ghana. He was born in Germany by a German mom and a Ghanaian dad.

  1. Karim Benzema: (France)

Madrid’s striker also one of Africa’s stars. He is known to have a descent from North Africa, one of the the Magreb’s. But he chose to represent France.

  1. Karim Adeyemi: (Germany)

Adeyimi is also one of the best attackers in the Bundesliga currently. He also has a Nigerian descent. His dad is known to be a Nigerian. He also holds a typical Nigerian name like other players, Alaba, Saka, Eze etc…

  1. Okafor: (Switzerland)

Okafor the Swiss striker is also known to have an African descent. He is eliglble to represent Nigeria. This is because he was born by a Nigerian dad. He chose to represent Sitzerland over Nigeria

  1. Ousmane Dembélé: (France)

Dembélé is also known to have an African descent. He could represent Mauritania or Senegal, but chose to represent France.

  1. Chukwubuike Adamu (Austria)

Adamu is also an African star. His parents are known to be immigrants from Nigerian. He chose to represent Austria because, his talent was nurtured there.

  1. Samson Baidoo: (Austria)

Samson is also an Austrian defender. He is also known to have Ghanaian parents but chose to represent Austria.

  1. Warmed Omari: (France)

The French Defender also one of Africa’s gem. He hold’s a Ghanaian name and known to have a Ghanaian descent. Although, he chose to represent France since thta is were he was born.

  1. Omari Hutchinson: (England)

Chelsea’s rising star is also known to have a Ghanaian, Jamaican descent. But represented Jamaican national team in May 2022.

  1. Yunus Musa:(Usa)

Yunus is said to have a Ghanaian descent. He was born in the US by his Ghanaian parents. He lived in countries like England and Italy. He chose the USA over Ghana, Italy and the UK

  1. Timothy Weah: (USA)

Weah was born by Liberian parents. His dad is the only African player to win the ballon dor currently in 2023 and is also the Liberian president. His son chose to represent the US since he lived there.

  1. Alphonse Davis: (Canada)

Davis is also known to have Liberian descent. He was born in Ghana by Liberian parents and then later migrated to Canada. Canada was where his talent was nurtured, so he chose to represent them over Liberia and Ghana.

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  1. Richie Laryea: (Canada)

Canada’s midfeider also has a Ghanaian descent. He holds a typical Ga name. He was born in Canada and decided to choose Canada over Ghana.

  1. Ugbo Adekugbe: (Canada)

Ugbo also has a Nigerian decent but decided to choose Canada over Nigeria.

  1. Ike Ugbo: (Canada)

Ike also has a Nigerian decent but decided to choose Canada over Nigeria.

  1. Timothy Fosu-Mensah: (Netherlands)

Fosu-Mensah is also on the list. He was born by Ghanaian parents. He also holds a pure Akan name. Furthermore, he chose to represent the Netherlands over Ghana.

  1. Youssoufa Moukoko: (Germany)

Moukoko was also born in Cameroon by Cameroonian parents and later moved to Germany. Since his talent was nurtured in Germany, he decided to represent the Germans over Cameroon.

  1. Amadou Onana: (Belgium)

  1. Grejon Kyei: (France)

Kyei also have a Ghanaian descent. He was born in France has already represented them in the U-20’s

  1. Folarin Balogun: (England)

Balogun also has a Nigeria Descent. His parents are from Nigerians but he chose England over Nigeria.

  1. William Saliba: (France)

Saliba is a Lebanese-African born in France. His talent was nurtured in France so he decided to represent them.

  1. Eberechi Eze: (England)

Eze also has a Nigerian descent. He has already represented England in the past youth competitions.

  1. Angelo Ogbonna: (Italy)

Angelo the centre back also has a Nigerian descent. He chose to represent Italians. Currently playing at West Ham United in the Premier League.

  1. Kylian Mbappé: (France)

We know you’d probably think why is Kylian not in the list. Anyway he is. Kylian also was born by a Cameroonian dad and Algerian mom. He was born in France and decided to represent them.

Although there are rumours he wanted to represent Cameroon sometime ago but was asked to pay some amount of money. That’s not verified or clarified by himself in public. But he is eligible to represent the French blues since he was born there.

  1. Mario Balotelli: (Italy)

Mario was also born in Italy by Ghanaian parents. He was adopted by an Italian who helped nurture his talent. He then chose to represent the Italian national team.

  1. Danilo Pereira: (Portugal)

Danilo was also born in Guinea-Bissau. His parents are also from Guinea-Bissau. They later moved to Portugal, where he started his football career. He can represent Guinea-Bissau but represent the Portuguese national team.

  1. Garang kuol: (Australia)

The Australian star is also one of the players who can represent an African country. He was born in Egypt by South Sudanese parents and later moved to Australia. He is a South Sudanese and Australian.

  1. Jamal Musiala:(Germany)

Musiala is also a mixed race dude like Leroy, Gnabry and few others at Bayern. He also was born in Germany by a German mother and a Nigerian dad. He moved to England when he was young and his career started there. Likewise, he decided to choose Germany over Nigeria and England even though he had already represented the three lions youth team.

  1. Serge Gnabry:(Germany)

Serge is also one of the players who can represent an African country. His name Serge is a French name… His half is from Ivory coast and other half from Germany.

  1. Myron Boadu: (Netherlands)

Myron is said to also have a Ghanaian descent.

55. Alejandro Balde: (Spain)

Balde is also one of Barcelona’s rising stars in the Laliga in the 2022-23 season. Currently, he is known to be Jordi Alba’s replacement and is in fine form. This superstar is said to have Guinea-bissau descent thus, from his dad. He visits there sometimes after a long season.

Lastly, the diversity in the world today has done a lot of good to numerous people out there. And to some football funs…. they’ll say bad.

But everyone has the right to do what he or she prefers and once they reach the requirement to represent these countries they are good to go. A world full of diversity and unity is what we all want. United we stand!

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