Williams reluctant to switch allegiance to Ghana


Athletic Bilbao striker Inaki Williams says playing for the Black Stars of Ghana “wouldn’t feel right”.

The 28-year-old was born in Spain to Ghanaian parents, but he is yet to represent either of the two countries at senior level.

Williams was developed in the Bilbao academy and he has gone on to make over 240 appearances and scored 47 goals for the club.

Speaking to the Guardian, the forward said he feels more Spanish than Ghanaian.

“I’m grateful to where I grew and became who I am. 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,” he explained.

“And my mom knows how people live football there, it’s quite something, and she’d be worried about me.

“My parents are from Accra and I really enjoy going there. But I wasn’t born or raised there, my culture’s here, and there are players for whom it would mean more.

“I don’t think it would be right to take the place of someone who really deserves to go and who feels Ghanaian 100 percent.”

Inaki is one of two footballing brothers born to Ghanaian immigrants, the other being 19-year-old Nico Williams, who also plays for Athletic and made his professional debut this year.

The younger brother has already made a senior international appearance for Spain in a friendly, but remains eligible to switch to Ghana under Fifa eligibility rules.

“When my mom’s angry, she swears at us in Ghanaian (language), but we speak Spanish. When my parents came, it was English, but we lost that. I could have a conversation in English, but it’s not fluent now,” Inaki added.

“When my grandparents call, I speak to them in Twi. I admire and love Ghana, the culture, food, tradition.”

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By FARPost Reporter