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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.

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posted: 03:47 pm
WOW!!!!!! I feel like dreaming. This is a good news for the BLACK STARS coach. If everything goes well for him to feature for the STARS, the coach will have tough time of selection of players....Hope the likes of BALLOTELLI BAWUAH of inter milan, DANNY WELBCEL of Man'U and others will follow suit.

posted: 05:08 pm
Hehe!! You seee ooo my brothers!! Now everyone wants to play for Ghana!! Well I think the guy is good but just having some psychological problems at spurs!! This decison might he has taken, might cure the psycho problems he has!!
Germany my foot!! They were just not fielding because he is not pure white. His junior brother should follow suit immediately!! hehe! Go Ghana go Ghana go!! Goooo go Ghana go!!

@ shawwnie. I bet all these guys you mentioned will soon follow suit!! Wait and see!! Ghana all the way!!
posted: 03:53 pm
I have watched this guy when he was in Spurs and I always kept wondering why he was not playing for Ghana when I realized he had a Ghanaian name.

I think this is a very good news for Ghana football. I just wonder what Ghana will do all this great midfielders that are just popping up from every where. Kwadwo Asamoah easily comes to mind. Congrats my brothers.

Shawwnnie, If I were you, I would not wish Ballotelli to play for Ghana as whatever benefits you will get from him will be dwarfed by the negatives you will equally get from his behavior. He is not very well mannered at all and his ego is seriously misplaced. He will create problems.
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