Traore to join Kallon & Nzigou on Afcon youngest list
Burkina Faso’s and Chelsea’s teenager 16-year-old Bertrand Traore (in photo), who is yet to play a senior club match for Chelsea, will be joining former Inter striker Mohamed Kallon and Gabon’s Shiva Star Nzigou, on the list of youngest player ever to play at the African Cup of Nations.
He won his first full cap in a friendly against Equatorial Guinea in September and will be the third youngest player ever on the list if he features in the opening game of the Nations Cup against Angola in Malabo.
He was named in the Burkina Faso final squad for the tournament on Wednesday and is likely to play against Chelsea strikers Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou, because Burkina Faso’s second match is against the Ivory Coast.
The midfielder joined Chelsea’s Academy in 2010 after impressing at the Under-17 World Cup, where he also attracted the attention of Manchester United.
However the record was set at the 2000 tournament by Gabon’s Shiva Star Nzigou, who was 16 years, two months and 30 days old when he faced South Africa in Ghana.
Second is former Inter Milan and AC Monaco striker Mohamed Kallon who was 16 years, three months and nine days old when he came on as a substitute in Sierra Leone’s first game at the 1996 finals in South Africa.
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