Tunisia give up on Wissam Ben Yedder

Tunisia give up on Wissam Ben Yedder
Sevilla striker Wissam Ben Yedder

by Bertin Basson

Friday Oct 20, 2017. 11:30

The Tunisia Football Federation (FTF) have revealed that they have given up on their chase of luring Wissam Ben Yedder to play for the country's national football team.

The Carthage Eagles, who are close to booking their place at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, were hoping to convince Ben Yedder to play for the Carthage Eagles, but he has waved away FTF's offer.

Ben Yedder, 27, is instead focused on launching a career with France - the country of his birth - with the forward having previously played for Les Blues U21 national side.

Ben Yedder is eligible to play for Tunisia through his parents, but the Sevilla attacker has no intention of representing the North African country.


"The FTF has closed the file on Bin Yedder and wish him success for the rest of his career," read a statement as per BBC Sport.

Tunisia need only a draw from their upcoming encounter against Libya to book a place at next years showpiece in Russia.

FTF officials had approached Ben Yedder - who has scored seven goals in 10 appearances this season - on five separate occasions, but to no avail.

Hatem Ben Arfa is another to have previously waved away interest from Tunisia, with the former Newcastle United man passing on an opportunity to represent the Carthage Eagles at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany.

He was capped 15 times by France.

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