July 5, 2022

Africa: Inaki Williams, brother agree to represent Ghana

By Allan Damba
Spain-born brothers Inaki and Nico Williams

Spain-born brothers Inaki and Nico Williams have reportedly agreed to play for the Black Stars, with the Ghana Football Association, processing confirmation of their eligibility to feature.

According to Ghanasoccer.net, the Athletic Bilbao duo are said to have decided to leave Spain for Ghana, after their Ghanaian parents’ approval.

Inaki has represented Spain, but because it was in an unofficial match, he is eligible to feature for the four-time AFCON champions.

Nico has not represented Spain at the senior level but has made a couple of appearances for the U18 and U21 teams.

Inaki expressed reservations about switching nationalities for Ghana in an interview with the website in 2021, saying:

“My parents are from Accra, and I enjoy going there. But, I wasn’t born or raised there, my culture is here, and some players would mean more.”

“I don’t think it would be right to take the place of someone who deserves to go and feels Ghana 100%,” he added.

However, a lot has since changed, including the Black Stars qualifying for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, a huge platform.

Inaki and Nico have a better and more realistic chance of playing for Ghana in Qatar 2022 than they do for Spain.

Ghana has been assigned to Group H for the World Cup, which will be held later this year, along with Portugal, Uruguay, and South Korea.

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