Serge Atakayi earns international call for DR Congo
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Serge Atakayi earns international call for DR Congo

Rangers winger Serge Atakayi has earned his first senior call-up by DR Congo – nine years after he left the country to claim asylum in Finland.
The 20-year-old made his senior debut for the Gers earlier this season and could now make his full international debut.

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Atakayi has been added to their Olympic team and is included for qualifiers against Morocco later this month.

After being born in Kinshasa, Atakayi left to take part in three youth tournaments in Europe and was eventually granted asylum in Finland.

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The flying winger has also been named as a stand-by player for the Finnish Under-21 squad so it looks like he’ll have a big decision to make.
He originally made the breakthrough at FF Jaro before heading for Ibrox in 2016.

After impressing in the youth set-up at Ibrox, Atakayi has been on the fringes of the first-team in recent seasons and appeared in the 7-1 win over Motherwell earlier in the campaign.

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Atakayi has some senior experience after featuring for FF Jaro and becoming the youngest goalscorer in the history of the Finnish top flight when he scored aged 16 years and 107 days in 2015.
When he joined Rangers in 2016 he signed a three-year deal but was recently rewarded with a one-year extension earlier after making his first-team debut.