Following an impressive first season with Loudoun United FC, Kairou Amoustapha has earned selection to join the Niger National Football Team’s preliminary squad.
Amoustapha, a 19-year-old forward, will join the Niger national team ahead of two November qualifying matches for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations. Niger, Ethiopia, Ivory Coast and Madagascar form Group K for the 2021 AFCON Qualifiers.
“Kairou had a great first season with us and we are very excited to have him represent Loudoun United on the international level for Niger,” Loudoun United head coach Ryan Martin said.
Amoustapha joined Loudoun United in February from Association Sportive Nationale de la Nigelec, a Niger Premier League club. He made nine appearances during a pandemic-shortened 2020 United Soccer League season, scoring three goals and adding an assist in 712 minutes of action.
“He showed tremendous attacking ability and grew throughout the year to produce more goals and assists for the team,” Martin continued. “On top of that, [Kairou] is a tremendous young man with huge ambitions and we are very happy for him to have earned this opportunity based on his performance and progress here at Loudoun United.”
Amoustapha made his first appearance for Niger in the 2017 FIFA U17 World Cup and has since played for the U20 and U23 teams. This will be his first experience with the senior national team.
Niger will face Ethiopia twice during the November portion of the 2021 AFCON Qualifiers, with matches scheduled for Nov. 9 and Nov. 17.