HITC Sport understands MK Dons youngster set to represent DR Congo.
MK Dons manager Karl Robinson
Highly-rated MK Dons youngster Peter Kioso has pledged his international allegiance to DR Congo after being headhunted by the African country.
Kioso, who is a second year scholar at MK Dons, is highly-regarded at the League One and is tipped to become the latest off the Dons' academy production line to play at the highest level.
The 16-year-old, who turns 17 later this month, has yet to make his first-team debut, but he has featured for the first-team in pre-season and he is set to push for a place in Karl Robinson's plans this season.
Kioso' s emergence at MK Dons has not gone unnoticed among clubs higher up the football pyramid, with the teenager earning rave reviews in the youth sides.
His development has also brought him to the attention of DR Congo with officials from the country travelling to England to watch him in action in the pre-season friendlies against Cambridge City and St Ives Town.
DR Congo have now convinced Kioso to pledge his international future to the African county with a view to the player making his international debut this year.
Kioso's representatives, Joel Macadar and Nyakeh Alpha of Lev Entertainment, confirmed the player has opted to play for DR Congo internationally
"DR Congo contacted us about Peter and they came to watch him play for MK Dons in pre-season," Macadar told HITC Sport.
"They came over to talk to him about playing for DR Congo and with Peter's father being Congolese he has chosen to represent them.
"Peter is progressing well at MK Dons and we are hopeful he will make his first-team and international debut this coming season."