Star Player Snubs AFCON Call-Up, Chooses To Represent Spain At International Level

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A promising youngster has rejected his national team’s AFCON call-up after opting to represent Spain at international level, according to stunning reports. 

AFCON kicks off next month, with some of the world’s best players heading to Cameroon.

Up-and-coming stars will also have the chance to shine and make a name for themselves in a major tournament. 

But Barcelona ace Eze Abde WON’T be one of those players having reportedly turned down Morocco’s call-up. 

Image: PA
Image: PA

That’s according to Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo, who claim that the 20-year-old has opted to represent Spain.

Fresh reports now suggest Abde has picked Spain over Morocco after switching his international allegiance.

The Moroccan-born winger has broken into the first-team at Barca, making eight La Liga appearances and scoring one goal this season. 

​Morocco manager Vahid Halihodzic had expressed his frustration at Barca’s dealing with the situation. 

Speaking before reports of Abde’s international switch, Halihodzic said:​​ “Eze Abde is an incredibly talented young player who will make a good career.

“He never turned down the national team, and I think that Barcelona are causing problems because they do not respect the African Cup of Nations enough.

“Great European clubs and FIFA simply do not respect enough. This is a great competition and that’s why problems like this happen. I’m sure Abde will appear at the gathering on January 3. We are counting on him because we need a penetrating player like him. I believe that Barcelona will show wisdom and react properly.”

Image: PA
Image: PA

Xavi, meanwhile, was full of praise for the Barca starlet following his goal against Osasuna earlier this month.

“Abde is a differential player. He can make a difference, it is not because of the goal,” said the Barca boss.

“He is a dagger. A marvel. It is a surprise. It is great news. They are making the difference in a tremendous way. But we all have to demand more from each other.”​

So, Morocco will be without Abde’s services as they face Comoros, Gabon and Ghana in the group stage round. 

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