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Top 5 Ghanaian Players Not Playing For The Black Stars of Ghana

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Ghana’s talent export is ever evident, the Black Stars have produced talented players over the years as evident in their history in the FIFA youth competitions.

However, there are players born to Ghanaian parents abroad who could have played for the West Africans.

Let’s take a look at a few Ghanaian players who didn’t play for the Black Stars of Ghana.

Top 5 Ghanaian Players Who Didn’t Play For Ghana

1. Nico Williams – Spain

Nico Williams is the younger brother of Inaki Williams who has now chosen to feature for Ghana at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

Nico who plays for Athletic Club in the La Liga alongside his elder brother has already featured for the senior national team of Spain.

The twenty-year-old has featured for the underage Spanish national team teams but has now been capped at the senior national team levels.

His first call-up to the senior squad came for the September 2022 UEFA Nations League fixtures and has made two appearances.

2. Alphonso Davies – Canada

Well, Alphonso Davies was born to Liberian parents in 2000 in Ghana at a refugee camp and as such was eligible to play for Ghana by birth.

However, after his parents managed to migrate to Canada, and has since featured for the cadet teams in Canada before featuring for the national teams.

In 2017, he debut for the national team becoming the youngest player ever to do so in Canada, he also becomes the youngest player to score for Canada’s men’s national team after scoring two goals in a 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup match against French Guiana.

He has broken a lot of other records as well including being the first player born in 2000 to score at a senior men’s competition.

3. Danny Welbeck – England

Danny Welbeck was what Eddie Nketiah is at the moment during his days at Old Trafford with Manchester United.

However, he was opportune to be thrust into the Three Lions squad; Ghana never stood the chance.

Welbeck was born to Ghanaian parents in the UK and played for the cadet national teams in England. He has gone on to make appearances at the Euros and FIFA World Cup in 2014 and 2018 amassing over 40 appearances.

4. Memphis Depay – Netherlands

Memphis Depay has recently been visiting Ghana and Africa on holidays and it’s in ways to reconnect with his African roots.

Depay was born in the Netherlands to a Ghanaian father and a Dutch mother, unfortunately for him and for Ghana his father and mother separated when he was four and Memphis decided not to be linked with his father.

However, his steady rise up the cadet teams of the Oranjes up to the national team means that even the black stars stood no chance to get him.

Depay has played for Manchester United, and Lyon and is now with Barcelona in Spain.

5. Gini Wijnaldum – Netherlands

Many football followers may not have an idea that Wijnaldum could have played for Ghana if he wanted to and if his family ties were well sorted.

Similarly, not many do know that Gini Wijnaldum was previously known as Georginio Boateng before a divorce between his parents forced him to drop Boateng.

He has played all his life for the Dutch national teams both at junior and senior levels.

However, one Boateng that also managed to get away is Jerome Boateng whose brother Kevin Prince Boateng featured for the black stars of Ghana.

The defender who plays for Germany is one of the few Honorable mentions for a list like this one including former Manchester City and Italian forward Mario Balotelli.

This article was updated 3 weeks ago


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