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Former France U-20 star Jonathan Ligali pledges international future to Benin

The 27-year-old is free to switch to Benin since he has not played for France’s senior national team.

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Former France U-20 star Jonathan Ligali pledges international future to Benin

Former France U-20 star goalkeeper Jonathan Ligali has pledged his international future to Benin, according to what he said in an interview with BBC Sport 

The 27-year-old Montpellier goalie is eligible to represent Benin since his mother is from the West African nation.

"Yes, I'm available to play for Benin if they call me," he told BBC Sport.

"It would definitely be a great honour for me to represent the country of my mother."

Since he never featured at the French senior national team, Ligali is free to switch to Benin.

No contact with Benin federation yet

The goalkeeper also denied reports that he had previously turned down proposals to play for the West Africans in the past.

"Not really, no one has contacted me directly from the federation," he added.

"Right now, if the federation reach out to me then we can take the next level."

Ligali represented France at the under-18, under-19 and under-20 levels. He was part of the U-20 team that finished fourth at the 2011 World Cup in Colombia, playing all the seven matches.