Mavubu takes French citizenship
By Alex Dunn
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Bordeaux's Rio Mavuba has been granted his wish of French citizenship.Promising Bordeaux starlet Rio Mavuba has finally been granted his wish of French citizenship.
The Congo-born midfielder was offered international honours by the African nation but spurned their advances in favour of French citizenship.
Congo coach Claude Le Roy had wanted the player for a series of World Cup qualifiers but Mavuba chose instead to play a friendly for France against Bosnia in August.
The player has spoken of his delight at being granted permission to play for his adopted homeland.
''It is a symbolic day for me,'' declared Mavuba.
''It is a great honour. I don't forget my roots, my father remains my model, but I grew here in France.
''I am a Frenchman.''