Wolves winger Adama Traore is in a dilemma as European giants Spain and West African nation Mali have both called him up for their national team matches billed for October.
Mali take on Ghana and Iran in friendly games on October 9th and 13th respectively, while Spain face Portugal in a friendly match alongside UEFA Nations League clashes with Switzerland and Ukraine.
Traore got his first call up to the Spain Men’s football team in November 2019 but withdrew himself from the list due to injury.
His blistering performances was rewarded with another call up, as Enrique named him in the August games but tested positive for coronavirus before the camping and opted out.
The 23 year old has represented Spain at age grade level, and now he’s at the age that he needs to make a decision as to which country he wants to turn out for.
Malian legend and 2007 CAF Footballer Of The Year, Kanoute, was tasked by FA to convince Adama on switching allegiance to the West Africans.
“The Mali FA has called me to say ‘please, please go and see him because you speak perfect Spanish so you can convince him’ and so on,” Kanoute told BBC Sport.
“If he is listening to me right now – I am heading your way Adama.
“Honestly, I would like him to [play for Mali] but I will tell him the truth that it is obviously going to be a struggle and that it is not going to be so comfortable to play for an African national team.
“But the people give you back so much and he has the opportunity to make something big with a very, very talented generation that we have in Mali so I will try to convince him.”
The muscular forward in January revealed that he was honored to have the option although gave no hint as to where he’d end up.
“My mentality is to work for the team and the performance for the team gives me half a chance with two international teams and I am happy for that.
“I am grateful [to have the chance] with the two international teams – Spain where I was born and Mali where my origins are.” He told BBC Sports
The ball now is in Traore’s court, would he choose to fly with the Egales of Mali or become fury with the La Roja.