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Fred’s delight at international call-up

Published: 26 Feb 2014 11:30

FOUAD Bachirou became the second Morton player to receive an international call-up this week when he was included in the Comoros Islands squad for an upcoming friendly.

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The Comoros are a group of small islands situated off the east coast of Africa, close to both Madagascar and Mayotte, a French overseas department, in the Indian Ocean.

Although he was born in Valence, France, both of Bachirou’s parents hail from the archipelago and emigrated to Europe for work in the 1980s.

The tiny nation, placed 198th in the latest FIFA rankings, face Burkina Faso in an international friendly on Wednesday 5 March in what will be their first fixture in two-and-a-half years.

Bachirou has long held ambition of representing his parents’ homeland at international level and had been sought out in his days as a youth player at Paris Saint-Germain.

Speaking yesterday, he confirmed: “I have been selected by the Comoros Islands, where my mum comes from. I’m delighted.”

Shortly after joining

Morton in 2010, Bachirou revealed: “My mum and dad come from the isles of Comoros, which lie just off the coast of Africa.

“They both left and moved to France to find work in 1989 and I was born there, in Valence.

“We lived in Valence for two years, and then in Marseille for five years before moving to Paris when I was 10.

“I have visited Comoros three times. The last time was eight years ago now but I would like to go there again soon. It is a beautiful place which is sunny and hot and nice for

holidays.

“They have their own international football team and I’m eligible to represent them.

“They’re not the greatest team and the federation doesn’t have a lot of money, but I would like to play for them one day.

“They came to watch me when I was with PSG and spoke to me about choosing to represent them, but I’ve not been in contact with them again since that day. Maybe in future it will be a possibility.”

Should the 23-year-old make an appearance against Burkina Faso, he would become the first Morton player to receive international recognition while playing for the club in over 10 years.

The last to do so was central defender Paul Fenwick, who was part of Canada’s CONCACAF Gold Cup winning squad in 2000.

One of the best Ton defenders of the modern era, Fenwick played in three matches — against Costa Rica, Trinidad and Tobago, and the final against Colombia — whilst contracted to the Cappielow club.

Going a little further back, both Janne Lindberg and Marko Rajamaki turned out for Finland in the same period they were playing their club football with Morton.

Perhaps the greatest Ton internationalist was goalkeeper Jimmy Cowan, who, according to legend, wore the Cappielow club’s goalkeeping jersey under his Scotland shirt in the 1940s and 50s.

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