This week, Ghana’s football fraternity went haywire after Iñaki Williams decided to play for the Black Stars.
The Athletico Bilbao striker had made an earlier appearance for Spain’s national team, and therefore, there was an air of uncertainty about his future with the senior national team.
However, on Tuesday, the fears were dispelled after he posted a video on Twitter, announcing his decision to wear a Black Stars jersey. This generated a frenzy; with many fans hailing the decision.
Reacting to this development, some callers on Joy FM’s Super Morning Show on Friday, expressed their reservations with the way Ghanaians have welcomed him and other foreign-based players who have reportedly agreed to play for Ghana.
According to the aggrieved callers, Ghanaians have a penchant for celebrating foreign players, leaving local talents to their fate. This they said, accounts for the decline in the quality and patronage of local football.
One of the callers, who could not hide her displeasure likened the situation to the way some men also abandon their wives when they make money; having struggled with their wives.
In her submissions, she explained that, prior to the national team’s qualification to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, the new inclusions to the team were not around; suggesting that their newfound love for the Black Stars is seemingly opportunistic.
“They’re behaving like you’re living with a man. When the man had nothing, you are okay. But now the man is a big man, [and therefore] he thinks that you don’t compliment men. I need to get a higher lady. That’s how they’re behaving.
“When they were playing the qualifiers, where were they? Where were those that are feeling Ghanaians now? Where were they, when they were playing the qualifiers? I rest my case,” she fumed.
Meanwhile, Iñaki Williams has disclosed that he feels more Ghanaian after visiting the country for the first time in June after three years.
Back in 2021, Williams confirmed to The Guardian that he did not feel Ghanaian enough to play for the Black Stars despite efforts by the Ghana Football Association to persuade him.
“I admire and love Ghana, the food, tradition. My parents are from Accra, and I really enjoy going. Ghana tried to convince me, but I was born in Spain, in Bilbao. I won’t ever forget my family roots, but I feel Basque and can’t con anyone. I would be comfortable with Ghana, I’m sure, but I shouldn’t be there.
But I wasn’t born or raised there, my culture’s here, and there are players for whom it would mean more. So I don’t think it would be right to take the place of someone who really deserves to go and who feels Ghana 100%”, Williams added.
However, after spending his 2022 summer holidays with his younger brother, Nico Williams in Ghana, he has now professed his newfound love for Ghana. He said this in an interview with TV3.
“Yes, I was confused before but since I came here [Ghana] and saw all the people and all the things that I don’t see in Spain. Seeing the people is very important and they love me, they take photos of me and encourage me to play for Black Stars.
It was beautiful playing with Spain. I have lived all my life in Spain but I don’t forget Ghana. Ghana is a special country because my parents are here, and my blood is here.
Ghana is here in my heart because I enjoy this country. I see my people, I see my parents. My parents are Ghanaians and I am a Ghanaian,” he added.
When questioned about the secret behind his endurance and speed, the new Ghanaian player said, “I don’t know. I have been eating fufu and waakye. My mum cooks for us. Fufu and palm nut soup (nkatenkwan) makes me fast. I love palm nut soup (nkatenkwan)”.
The striker will be available to make his Black Stars debut during the 2023 AFCON Qualifiers in September.
Iñaki was born in Spain to Ghanaian parents and is eligible to play for Ghana. He made his Spain debut on May 29, 2016.
However, the striker had no further competitive appearance with Spain to tie him to the European nation. As a result, he was eligible for a nationality switch according to FIFA’s rules.
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