Jean-Armel Kana Biyick, son of former Indomitable Lion André Kana Biyick has been called to camp by the coach of the French under-21 national team,Eric Moambert.
The 19-year-old who was born in France, plays for le Havre in the French elite league. He is expected to replace PSG defender Sahko who is out injured. France under-21s will play two frendlies this week against Estonia and England.
It would not be the first time that the son of a former Cameroon international would have featured in a French selection at this category. Frank Songo’o, the son of long serving international shot-stopper Jacques Songo’o played for France and even won the European Cup . He however turned his back on the French in 2008. Using the FIFA provision that double-nationality holders have the possibility to switch before they turn 21, Frank Songo’o joined Cameroon’s Olympic team and represented the land of his forefathers at the Beijing Olympics. He has since become a regular member of the senior national team.
Will Jean-Armel’s story follow the same plot?
That would largely depend on his father who was one of the heroes of Cameroon’s 1990 World Cup squad. André Kana Biyick played for the Indomitable Lions from 1985 to 1994. Kana was a huge influence in the successes Cameroon obtained at the time. But he would also be remembered for missing the deciding penalty against Egypt at the final of the 1986 Africa Cup of Nations, for head-butting and breaking the nose of a Moroccan player at the Nations Cup in 1988 and being sent-off in the World Cup opener against Argentina for mistakenly stepping on the heels of an Argentine player. His brother Omam Biyick scored a famous winner only minutes after he was given his marching orders.