Eduardo Camavinga: Another African talent lost to Europe


Born on the 10th of November 2002 in Angola, Stade Rennes wonder kid Eduardo Camavinga moved to France when he was 5 years old with his parents.

After rising through the ranks of Drapeau-Fougeres he was quickly snatched up by French ligue 1 side Stade Rennes to continue his development with them.

At the tender age of 16 last season the midfielder made his ligue 1 debut going to make 34 senior team appearances scoring two goals.

In November 2019 after, on numerous tries, the 17-year-old finally obtained French citizenship making him elegible to represent ‘Les Bleus’ at national team level. It’s been less than a year since obtaining the citizenship and already French coach Didier Deschamps has already called up the left footed box-to-box midfielder who replaced Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba after the latter tested positive for Covid-19.

Camavinga celebrated his first call up with a beautiful solo goal that he scored against Montpellier over the weekend as Rennes ran out 2-1 winners on the day in Ligue 1.

As it has been the case over the years Camavinga joins a list of many African born players who opted to represent a European nation. On Saturday, France will be taking on Sweden in the Nations League and three days later they will prepare to renew their rivalry with Croatia who they defeated in the World Cup final in 2018 to be crowned champions of the world.

The youngster has a French international cap having played for the French U-21 squad, but in the coming days he will be hoping to make his senior debut for France which will put to an end talks of him ever playing for the Angolan national team.

The midfielder was heavily linked with Real Madrid, but he announced his desire to remain in Rennes as they prepare to participate in the UEFA champions league after finishing third before the season was prematurely ended due to the on going corona virus pandemic.

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By Prince Sobayeni

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