It was always my dream to play for Côte d’Ivoire – Mohamed Diomande on rejecting Ghana

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Rangers midfielder Mohamed Diomande has opened up about his decision to choose to play for Cote d’Ivoire instead of Ghana in international football.

Despite spending a significant part of his youth in Ghana and developing his skills at the Right to Dream Academy, Diomande stated that his dream has always been to represent the country of his parents, Ivory Coast.

The 22-year-old’s impressive performances this season at Rangers caught the attention of Ghana’s national team coach, Otto Addo, who invited him to join the Black Stars for the March international friendlies against Nigeria and Uganda. However, Diomande declined the invitation as he expressed his commitment to playing for Ivory Coast.

In an interview with Nostafoot, Diomande shared his eagerness to play for the Elephants either at the senior level or with the U23 team.

Since signing with Rangers last summer, Diomande has made a strong impact in the Scottish Premiership, starting 10 of his 12 appearances and scoring two goals. His performances have not gone unnoticed, and his decision to represent Ivory Coast has now been made clear.

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