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Stoke City striker Saido Berahino cleared to play for Burundi

Berahino cleared to play for Burundi
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Stoke City striker and former England Under-21 international Saido Berahino is cleared to play for Burundi, the country of his birth.

Former England Under-21 international Saido Berahino has been cleared to play for Burundi.

The Stoke City striker fled the country of his birth at the age of 10 to seek asylum in the United Kingdom, joining his mother and siblings in Birmingham.

Berahino has appeared for six different youth levels for England, starting from the Under-16s to the Under-21s between 2009 and 2015 with 24 goals scored in 47 appearances.

FIFA has given the 25-year-old the go-ahead to play for the East African nation after the Football Association confirmed that the forward has not played for it at competitive level.

Berahino can now be picked for Burundi's trip to Gabon on September 7 as the Swallows seek to play in a maiden Africa Cup of Nations tournament next year.


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Saido Berahino in action for Stoke City on January 1, 2018
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