Burundi have shocked the football world to qualify for the African Cup of Nations against the odds, but Melbourne Victory starlet Elvis Kamsoba could have been there.
The exciting Melbourne Victory winger was called up to the Burundian national team following an electric start to professional football at the Big V, but rejected the call-up.
The Burundian native told Goal that Burundi's federation wanted him to debut in last night's qualifier against Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang's Gabon, which Burundi drew 1-1, but he rejected the call in favour of remaining eligible for Australia.
"I recently got a phone call from the Burundi international team - where I'm from. They have a game against Gabon this Saturday. That's the game I got called for," Kamsoba said.
"But obviously I couldn't go. I'm still in between deciding, I wasn't sure. I told them, for now, to just wait until I'm 100 per cent sure what I want to do.
"My aim is obviously to play for Australia and if I get a chance that will be something special for me and my family."
The draw thanks to a Cedric Assisi goal was enough for Burundi, one of Africa's poorest nations, to qualify for the showpiece tournament for the first time in the nation's history.
Burundi join Madagascar and Mauritania in competing at the tournament finals for the first time, in a tournament renowned for its ability to unearth the future stars of world football.