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Detroit Lions defensive end Ziggy Ansah wants the NFL to play a game in Africa, according to the team’s website.

“I would love to see a game in Africa,” said Ansah, a native of Ghana. “That would be good, and I think there’s a lot of potential back in Africa. I know that one day the NFL will have a game out there just like we do in London.”

The NFL, which first expanded internationally to London in 2007, will play its first game in Mexico City this season when the Oakland Raiders host the Houston Texans on Nov. 21. The league is also considering playing regular-season contests in Germany and China in coming years.

“I think now that there’s a lot of Africans playing this game, I know the young guys coming up have been picking up on the game,” Ansah said. “When I went there I met a few guys that are eager to learn the game. It’s evolving in Africa.”

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Ansah was a Pro Bowler and second-team All-Pro selection in 2015.

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