Leeds United winger Helder Costa has accepted a call up by the Angola national team for the upcoming qualifiers for the African Cup of Nations. becoming the second Leeds United player to represent Angola after centre-back Rui Marques.
#Angola— Camino Mundial (@caminomundialok) March 12, 2021
Hélder Costa se suma a las Palancas Negras. El extremo del @LUFC, exinternacional juvenil con #Portugal , cambió su elegibilidad y fue convocado por la selección angolana para los partidos decisivos de #AFCON2021Q de marzo. pic.twitter.com/G7ooBaB9jg
Costa was born in Angola but moved to Portugal and represented them through all the youth levels of international football. As well as gaining one senior cap - scoring the opening goal in a 3-1 win over Scotland in a friendly at Hampden Park.
This is the best shot at establishing a consistent International career for Costa. With his form over the last couple of years it isn’t likely that he is going to establish himself in the Portuguese side, so representing the land of his birth is a logical choice. Hopefully he can do well and that confidence can help his club form.
There a parallels with another Leeds player at the moment. Pascal Struijk was born in Belgium but represented The Netherlands at youth level, however he has recently turned down callups for both the senior Belgian side and the Dutch u21 team while he makes a decision between the two nations.