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I Choose Spain – Inaki Williams Explains Why He Will Not Represent Ghana at the FIFA World Cup.

Despite the fact that the Atletic Bilbao player was born and reared in Spain, his parents are Ghanaians, making him eligible to represent the Black Stars.

After years of attempts by Black Stars coaches and the Ghana Football Association to get Inaki Williams to play for Ghana, the player has spoken out about why he can't and won't play for the Black Stars.

In an interview with the Guardian, Inaki Williams claimed that while he appreciates his Ghanaian ancestry and all that, he is persuaded beyond a shadow of a doubt that he would rather play for Spain than Ghana.

"I'm glad for the environment in which I grew up and developed into the person I am now. Ghana attempted to persuade me, but I was born in Bilbao, Spain.

I'll never forget my roots, but I'm Basque and can't deceive anyone. I'm sure I'd feel at ease in Ghana, but I shouldn't be there.

And my mother is aware of how people there live football: it's quite something, and she would be concerned about me," he added.

The 27-year-old went on to say that the cultural divide between Ghana and Spain is one of the reasons he has chosen not to play for the Black Stars. He believes that other players who feel more Ghanaian than he do should be given the chance to play for Ghana.

Ghana, its culture, food, and tradition, are all things that I admire and enjoy. My folks are from Ghana, and I love visiting them.

However, I was not born or raised there, my culture is here, and there are athletes for whom it would be more significant. I don't think it's fair to take someone's position who truly deserves to go and who is completely committed to Ghana."


Inaki Williams earned his Spain debut in a 3-1 friendly victory against Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2016.

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