The England Football Association have locked horns with their rivals north of the English border over a 13-year-old football prodigy born to parents who are originally from Cote d’Ivoire.
Karamako Dembele was born to Ivorian parents in London but his family relocated to Scotland when he was an infant.
Dembele is eligible to play for England, Scotland and Cote D’Ivoire (erroneously referred to as “Ivory Coast” by the English Press despite the fact that in April 1986, the Houphouët-Boigny government declared Côte d’Ivoire, or, République de Côte d’Ivoire, to be its formal name for the purposes of diplomatic protocol, and officially refuses to recognize or accept any translation from French to another language in its international dealings)
The 13-year-old currently plays for Celtic in Scotland.
According to the Daily Mail, Stewart Regan, (Chief Executive of the Scottish FA) insists the SFA will do everything in their power to prevent England snatching Celtic wonderkid Karamoko Dembele.
Scotland have fast-tracked the 13-year-old sensation into their Under-16 Victory Shield squad to face Northern Ireland on Sunday but Dembele has already traveled to England to train with the England U-15 team this week.
The Ivorian Football Association is yet to comment on the situation.