Zaha dumps England for Ivory Coast

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Wilfried Zaha switches football allegiance from England to Ivory Coast
Wilfried Zaha switches football allegiance from England to Ivory Coast

By Udochukwu Ifionu

Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha has decided to switch his international allegiance to Ivory Coast from England.

The 24-year-old was able to make the switch to Ivory Coast as his two England caps came in friendlies, against Sweden in 2012 and Scotland the following year.

“The Ivorian-English attacking midfielder Wilfried Zaha has chosen to play for the Elephants, under the colours of the Ivory Coast, his country of origin,” the Ivorian-Football-Federation (FIF) said .

“In the presence of his father, of Augustin Sidy Diallo (president of the FIF) and Michel Dussuyer (Elephants coach), he signed at the bottom of the demand to change his sporting nationality addressed to FIFA.”

Zaha was born in Ivory Coast but grew up in England from the age of four and made his debut for the English National team in 2012.

In the premiership division, Zaha first played for Crystal Palace’s Academy from where he advanced to their firt team in 2010.

He was later transferred to Manchester United for an initial fee of £10 million, but remained on loan at Palace until the end of the season, helping them return to the Premier League.

After an unsuccessful 2013–14 season with Manchester United, he returned to Palace in August 2014 on a season-long loan, before rejoining the club on a permanent basis in February 2015.

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