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Iñaki Williams Announces Nationality Switch To Play For Ghana



Iñaki Williams Announces Nationality Switch To Play For Ghana

Spanish-born of Ghanaian descent, Iñaki Williams has finally made the decision to feature for the Black Stars ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

This comes after Inaki and his younger brother Nico Williams visited the West African country during the summer break last month as it was reported they had a meeting with GFA officials concerning nationality switch.

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Following, the Athletic Bilbao striker took to his Twitter page to announce his decision to play for the four-time AFCON winners in a video.

“Every step we take forward has it’s own meaning. An evolution. A glance into the future which leave to trace itself. A legacy. My parents have raised me with values based on humility, respect and love.

They have taught me to embrace life, in constant quest to continue growing and working upon the pursuit of evolving personally and professionally as an individual.

That’s why I feel the moment has come for to find my origins within myself with Africa and Ghana, and which means so much to me and my family. I want to return a small part of everything it has given us because Ghana has played and significant part in becoming who I am as a person, as a son and as a brother.

Today a new challenge begins. From now, I will defend Ghana’s T-shirt with all my will whilst I give my best. 𝐈 𝐚𝐦 𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐁𝐥𝐚𝐜𝐤 𝐒𝐭𝐚𝐫𝐬.” – Iñaki Williams.

In last six year, the Ghana Football Association (GFA) has been chasing Inaki trying to lure to switch nationality from Spain to Ghana, but all their efforts proved futile as he declined the decision.

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He is one of the highly-rated strikers in Spanish La Liga after scoring 74 goals and  44 assists in his 331 appearances for Athletic Bilbao in all competitions.

However, Ghana’s qualification to the upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar played a major role in convincing Inaki to finally agree to switch allegiance.

Inaki can still play for the Black Stars despite having played 30 minutes for Spain in their friendly against Bosnia Herzegovina in 2016.

Chelsea youngster, Callum Hudson-Odoi is also expected to switch nationality after missing out in England head coach Gareth Southgate’s call-up since 2019.

But for Brighton and Hove Albion full-back Tariq Lamptey, he has already decided to play for Ghana.

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