Manchester United youngster Hannibal Mejbri has been unveiled as a new player for the Tunisian national side in spectacular fashion following his first international call-up last week.
Mejbri, 18, represented France at youth level but has chosen to switch his allegiance to Tunisia and is in contention to make his debut against the Democratic Republic of Congo, Algeria or Mali in June.
His capture has been viewed as a coup by the Tunisian FA and they wanted to make sure he knew he’d made the right decision by staging a spectacular unveiling ceremony for him.
A video clip shared on social media showed a packed conference room of dignitaries and media figures awaiting the unveiling of Mejbri as a dramatic countdown played along with a dramatic backing soundtrack.
After almost a minute of build-up Mejbri walked out where strobe lighting accompanied bursts of flames as the United starlet took centre stage.
Mejbri was capped at Under-17 and Under-18 level by France. Even if he plays for Tunisia next month he could still technically switch back to France as he will not have played in a competitive international.
United signed the teenage attacking talent for a fee rising to €10million from Monaco in 2019 and the youngster made his senior debut against Wolves on the final day of the Premier League season.
Earlier in the month Mejbri was crowned as United’s Under-23 Player of the Year and he is expected to be included in the club’s pre-season training squad when they travel to Malta in late July.