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Why Inaki Williams Changed his mind to play for Ghana

Hither-to Ghanaian born Spanish footballer, Inaki Williams is currently trending on social media platforms with the news of his nationality switch to Ghana.

The proficient striker who plays for Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish top flight league has been one of players of Ghanaian origin, who have been on the radar of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) to switch allegiance to play for Ghana. Inaki has finally agreed to play for the 2022 world cup bound Ghana black stars as confirmed by the President of the GFA, Mr Kurt Okraku in a social media post.

The player who is born to Ghanaian parents in Spain recently made headlines when he stated in an interview that he feels more Spanish than Ghanaian and therefore did not wish to play for Ghana.

However, in a short video released by Inaki Williams on yesterday 5th July 2022 , he is seen announcing his decision to represent the country of his origin Ghana, which has since been posted on social media by captain Andre Ayew with the caption" welcome home brother".

Speaking in Spanish, Inaki explained what influenced his decision. He said "Every step we take forward has its own meaning. An evolution! A glance into the future which leaves a 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 a constant quest to continue growing and working upon the pursuit of evolving professionally and personally as an individual and that's why I feel the moment has come for me. That's why the time has come for me to find my origin within myself and with Africa and Ghana which mean a lot to me and my family. I want to return a small part of everything it has given us because Ghana has played a significant part of becoming who I am as a person, as a son and as a brother. Today a new challenge begins. From now on I will defend Ghana's T-shirt with my all whilst I give my best. I am one of the black stars".

Ghanaian football fans are currently divided on the matter with many welcoming the news and touting the player as the successor of Asamoah Gyan while others are of the view that the player is only capitalizing on the opportunity to play at the world.

Meanwhile, In addition to Inaki Williams, President of the GFA, Mr Kurt Okraku also confirmed the nationality switch of Tariq Lamptey, Patrick Pfeiffer, Stephan Ambrosius and Ransford Yeboah to play for Ghana. He did indicate that all of these players are available for call ups in upcoming black stars games with Mohammed Salisu also ready to don the jersey of the Ghana black stars.

The days ahead for the Ghana blackstars looks exciting with all these players available to render their services ahead of the world cup 2022.

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