Ghana just qualified by way of play-off against the Super Eagles of Nigeria in a two- legged affair which saw the two countries playing a goalless draw in Kumasi and a one-all draw in Nigeria.
Although Ghana made the cut and had a formidable team, one thing was clear in both matches: the Black Stars need a striker. And not that we do not have anyone playing as a number 9, we do. However, the team needs someone who is more experienced and prolific. The AS Roma youngster, Felix Afena Gyan, as many agree, looks promising no doubt, but appears to have a need for more experience and quality in his goal finishing. At this point where Ghana is set to play the likes of Uruguay, South Korea and Portugal at the World Cup, the need for an experienced striker is more urgent and imperative than before.
Some have even suggested that retired players like Ghana's all time best striker, Asamoah Gyan returns from retirement for the tournament. In the search of a potential and more experienced striker, one name has popped up more than once over these past few months: Athletic Bilbao's goal machine, Inaki Williams.
The 27-year old Williams was born in Bilbao, Spain to Ghanaian parents who emigrated via the Sahara. Since signing for Bilbao, he has banged in 74 goals and provided 44 assists in 331 matches for the Athletic club. He has been one of the favorites for many European teams when the transfer window opens each year, as he possesses agility and dexterity.
The Ghana Football Association(GFA) have in the past indicated that they tried to get him to switch allegiance to Ghana but the player declined explaining that he felt that it would be disrespectful to players who were born and bred in Ghana. Despite playing 30 minutes for Spain in 2016, Williams is still eligible to play for the Black Stars, if he wants. Maybe, Ghana qualifying for World Cup may finally convince him to join.
Williams fueled speculations of such possibility recently when he liked a tweet from Black Stars official handle about the 2022 World Cup draw.
What do you think? Should the GFA still pursue him to join the Black Stars?
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