Ghana kick-start Lloyd Sam switch
Posted: 18 October 2010 Time: 18:34
Ghana have stepped up their bid to convert former England Under-20 international Lloyd Sam into a full blown Ghanaian international by writing to the England FA for clarification on his status,KickOffGhana.com can exclusively reveal.
The 26-year old was born in Leeds, England and has already represented the country of his birth at U-20 level. But now on the books of Leeds United and with the prospects of international football with the senior England side at a realistic low, the player has formally served notice he is prepared to play for Ghana and the Ghana Football Association have taken the first steps in ensuring that happens. GFA vice-president Fred Pappoe confirmed to KickOffGhana.com that the body have written a letter to the English FA for clarification on Sam’s status after he played for them at U-20 level and also to get it clear they have ‘no objection to a switch.’ Based on the response from the English FA which the GFA is in no doubt will be positive, the GFA will them make a formal request to world football governing body FIFA to have the switch ratified. Sam, a winger comfortable on both the right and left side of midfield started out at Charlton Athletic before making the switch to Leeds United at the beginning of the current season and has two goals this season to his name. He told the Sun newspaper in August this year he was still hoping to earn a call up to the Ghana side. "My dad knows a lot of people in Ghana and there has been contact. "They called me up for a friendly they played at Leyton Orient last season but I was injured and couldn't go. "I thought maybe I missed the boat but it's still a possibility." And with the GFA now stepping up their chase that call up could come soon with the Black Stars next competitive international set for March next year. Sam’s father is Capt(rtd) Andy Sam, the captain of the first Ghana side to play in a senior World Cup at the 1974 World Hockey Championships before later becoming the chief executive officer of AshantiGold football club and later the Chief Operating Officer of the 2008 Nations Cup Organising Committee which Ghana hosted.