Hannibal Mejbri made his international debut for Tunisia at the weekend.
This capped a remarkable few weeks for the youngster, after making his Manchester United debut in the final game of the season against Wolves.
Hannibal was given 45 minutes after being brought off the bench at half-time as Tunisia took on DR Congo.
The teenager had switched his allegiance from France, who he had represented at under-16 and under-17 level.
There is a lot more competition with France and the fact Hannibal has gone straight into the Tunisia first team supports his decision.
Speaking after the game, Hannibal told Africa Top Sports: “It’s nice to start with a victory. I was well integrated into the group, thank you to the whole team as well as to the coach.”
Africa Top Sports wrote of his performance, “the young Tunisian immediately stood out for his mobility and technical accuracy.”
Hannibal is hoping to follow up his debut with another appearance in midweek when Tunisia take on Algeria in another friendly.
He commented: “A victory against Algeria would be very important for us and all Tunisians.”
Tunisia are preparing for World Cup 2022 qualifiers which begin in September.
Hannibal’s Tunisia are in a group with Zambia, Mauritania, and Equitorial Guinea, with the top finishing team going through to a knock-out phase against another group winner.
There is a good chance Hannibal will make it to the World Cup, and by then he could be a Manchester United regular.
Playing international football will help his development and it seems Tunisia are very happy to have him. It’s possible he could make his first start against Algeria this coming week.
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