LaLiga star makes switch to Ghana ahead of WC

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A LaLiga striker has announced that he has decided to switch his international allegiance from Spain to Ghana.  

After years of attempting to persuade Inaki Williams to represent the West African nation, the Athletic Bilbao star has now decided to take up the Ghana Football Association (GFA) on their offer.  

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The 28-year-old was eligible as he has Ghanaian parents who reportedly emigrated across the Sahara Desert to reach Spain's shores before he was born.

Williams is now available for future Black Stars call-ups, which will provide a huge boost for national team boss Otto Addo ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. 

The forward represented Spain at youth level and made his senior debut during a friendly against Bosnia and Herzegovina back in 2016. 

Despite Williams having featured for La Furia Roja on that one occasion, he is eligible to make the switch as FIFA rules state that a footballer can switch allegiance if they have not played more than three matches for a country before the age of 21 and did not feature in a World Cup or official tournament. 

Williams announced his decision on social media on Tuesday night, and explained why he chose to switch his allegiance to Ghana.  

"Every step we take forward has its own meaning," he said, per GhanaSoccernet. 

"An evolution. A glance into the future which leaves a trace itself.  

"A legacy. My parents have raised me with values based on humility, respect and love.  

"They have taught me to embrace life. In that constant quest to continue growing and working upon the pursuit of evolving personally and professionally as an individual. 

"That's why I feel the moment has come for me to find my origins within myself and with Africa and Ghana which means so much to me and my family.  

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"I want to return a small part of everything it has given to us because Ghana has played a significant part of becoming who I am as a person, as a son and as a brother.

"Today a new challenge begins. From now on, I will defend Ghana's T-shirt with all my will whilst I give my best. I'm one of the Black Stars."

The GFA has also been trying to recruit a number of other players who were born in Europe such as Eddie Nketiah and Callum Hudson-Odoi, and were recently successful in doing so with Tariq Lamptey, Mohammed Salisu, Stephan Ambrosius, Ransford-Yeboah Konigsdorffer, and Patric Pfeiffer. 

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