Ivory Coast: Zaha switches soc­cer al­le­giance from Eng­land

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Ivory Coast says Crys­tal Palace winger Wil­fried Zaha, who played two friendlies for Eng­land, has de­cided to switch in­ter­na­tional foot­ball al­le­giance to the west African na­tion. The an­nounce­ment comes ahead of the African Cup of Na­tions, which is be­ing played in the mid­dle of the Premier League sea­son in Jan­uary. The 24-year-old Zaha played for Eng­land in 2012 and 2013 but be­cause nei­ther match was a com­pet­i­tive fix­ture, the Abid­jan-born player can turn out for Ivory Coast. Zaha moved to Lon­don at the age of four with his family. Ivory Coast’s foot­ball fed­er­a­tion said on its web­site that Zaha signed the forms on Sun­day to change his sport­ing na­tion­al­ity and they’re be­ing sent to FIFA. Zaha was pic­tured with Ivory Coast coach Michel Dus­suyer and fed­er­a­tion pres­i­dent Sidy Diallo.

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