A star midfielder, who has represented France in the past, has been given the all-clear to switch allegiances to an African country.
Geoffrey Kondogbia made his Les Bleus debut five years ago, and played another four times for his country of birth, but has not worn its colours since July 2015.
The former Monaco star has now had his eligibility switch approved by football’s governing body FIFA, meaning he can now play for the Central African Republic.
Kondogbia has been allowed to play as the five times he represented the national team were in friendlies, and while he was born in France, his parents are from the CAR.
Manager Raoul Savoy has already called the player up to his squad for their Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Guinea this weekend, but he will be unable to play due to injury.
Kondogbia, who currently plays for Valencia, is one of many French-born players with African descent.