Thirteen years ago, FIFA made changes to its nationality rules, permitting those who had yet to play for their countries in a competitive match at senior level to make a one-time change of nationality.
The new rule still stipulated that the player must have ties to the country-in the form of at least one grandparent.
Antar Yahia- who represented France at U18 level- was the first player to file the change of nationality paperwork. Five years after his decision, he scored against Egypt to send Algeria to their first World Cup in 24 years.
In light of many issues affecting associations in Africa, FIFA has stated that it would look to relax some of the rules currently in effect.