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Yedder snubs Eagles of Carthage



Wissam Ben Yedder of French Ligue 1 side Toulouse has opted for France national team amid pressure from Tunisian officials to play for the Eagles of Carthage.

The 22-year-old striker, who was born in France to Tunisian parents, announced his decision on Thursday.

“I took time to think about my decision before announcing it,” Yedder said. “After playing with the junior category in France I think I’ll like to continue to the senior team instead of going to Tunisia.”

Yedder is one of the sensations of the French league this season and has scored nine goals so far in 15 games to sit third on the top scorer list behind Zlatan Ibrahimovic of PSG and Lyon’s Bafetimbi Gomis.

“We tried to convince him but couldn’t,” Tunisia coach Sami Trabelsi said upon hearing the news. “It’s his choice and we have to respect it. He knows what he wants and we only need to wish him success.”

Tunisia football federation has been stepping up efforts to persuade a number of foreign born players to switch allegiance ahead of January’s Africa Cup of Nations.



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