Fifa clears Jean-Armel Kana-Biyik to play for Cameroon

The French-born Rennes defender has been authorised to play for the Indomitable Lions, for whom his father Andre Kana-Biyik played for eight years

Fifa on Wednesday validated the nationality switch of French-born Rennes defender Jean-Armel Kana-Biyik, meaning the 22-year-old will now be able to play for the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon.

“After carefully reviewing all documents submitted by the Cameroon Football Federation (Fecafoot), with a cover letter from the player, the unique judge concluded that Jean-Armel Kana-Biyik meets the prerequisites set out in section 18.1 of the Regulations of the FIFA Statutes, subject to dual nationals.

“In addition, the judge noted that based on the documents provided, the player in question already had Cameroonian nationality before representing France for the first time in a competitive match on March 27, 2009. Jean-Armel Kana-Biyik is Cameroonian born. The request by the Cameroonian federation and the player on his change of association has been accepted,” a letter from Fifa to the Fecafoot read.

Jean-Armel Kana-Biyik is the son of former Cameroon international defender André Kana-Biyik. He was born in Metz, France and has played five games for the France U21.

Cameroonian officials are still hunting after other foreign-born players such as Francois Bayebeck and Thievy Bifouna.