Kanoute: "I could have joined the French national team but ..."

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Frederic Kanoute is one of those players who proved his sense of belonging and his love towards his African origins. Unlike other players, Kanoute had the opportunity to play in the French national team but he preferred to defend Mali’s colors.

Former Sevilla striker talked about this decision and some memories that he shared with “Gulf News”: “I had the opportunity to play in France. Honestly, I don’t regret choosing Mali because I’m a big fan of African football. I wanted to give something to my country”. 

He added: “When I return to my country, people show me their joy. I would never have this same feeling in France”.