Boateng makes Ghana u-turn
Posted: 24 June 2009 Time: 13:37
Kevin-Prince Boateng has become the first player to declare he will take advantage of FIFA’s rule change on nationality and represent the Black Stars after representing Germany at youth level.
The Tottenham midfielder now on loan at Borrusia Dortmund was past the age under the old FIFA rules where old junior internationals could switch allegiance but FIFA’s decision to reverse the rules in Bahama recently has given him a chance. Now he has told German authorities he is no longer interested in representing them after playing more than 40 games at junior level. "I will now play for Ghana," said the 22-year-old revealed on Wednesday. "I have contacted the leaders of the Ghana Football Federation about this. I made this decision myself. I wanted to get me through the German national team but it did not work out. I have tried everything." A central midfielder, Boateng turned down the opportunity to represent the Black Stars at the 2006 World Cup. His decision to represent Ghana could open the way for his younger brother Jerome Boateng who plays for Hamburg to follow suit. The 20-year old has also represented Germany at youth level and can play in central defence, at any of the full back positions or in midfield. The Boatengs have a Ghanaian father a Germany mother.