Chinese-Israeli striker Samuel Kajioui, a 23-year-old striker who moved to Israel from the Ivory Coast in 2015, has earned his first call-up for the Israeli national team.
Kajiouchi has scored five goals in seven appearances this season for the Israel U21s.
The team has qualified for the 2018 World Cup.
Kajiouid was born in East Jerusalem, Israel, but moved to the coastal city of Ashdod in 2015 with his mother, who is a nurse.
He said he didn’t understand how he could play soccer at such a young age.
“It’s so hard for me, to know how to do that,” he told Israel’s Ynet news website.
“I just want to learn, to play.”
He signed for Israeli side Al-Jahannam on January 2 and was named Israel’s best player.
The Israeli media dubbed him “the next Samuel Kani.”
Kajiouni is one of three players named to the Israel squad.
The others are Israel midfielder Shlomo Gonen, who has played in a reserve role for the U-21s, and forward Nasser Bar-Yosef.
The Israeli team has already qualified for a World Cup, but the country has yet to qualify for the next round of the 2018 tournament, which is currently in Qatar.
Israel has not qualified for Euro 2018, a major international tournament that is held in France.
The country is currently ranked 136th in the world by FIFA.