Athletic Club Williams star completes Ghana switch ahead of 2022 World Cup
The striker is expected to play for the Black Stars after playing for Spain
Athletic Club star Inaki Williams has pledged his international future to Ghana.
The 28-year-old striker, who previously played for Spain, made a move to the Black Stars ahead of this year’s World Cup, offering him a chance to represent the national team in Qatar.
Williams, who was born in Bilbao to Ghanaian parents, made an appearance for Spain’s senior team in a friendly against Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2016 but is now eligible to represent Ghana at the World Cup. where they will face South Korea. , Portugal and Uruguay in a difficult Group H.
What did Williams say about his time in Ghana?
“Each step we take has its own meaning…a look into the future that itself leaves a mark. A legacy. My parents raised me with values based on humility, respect and love,” Williams said.
“That’s why I feel the time has come for me to find my origins in myself and with Africa and Ghana, which means so much to me and my family.”
Williams’ career so far
Williams has been with Athletic Club since he was 18 and has continued to be an integral part of their team in the years since.
He made over 300 first-team appearances for the Spanish club, also playing in a La Liga record 200 consecutive games.
He won a trophy with the club – the 2020-21 Supercopa de Espana – and scored 73 goals in total for them at senior level.
Who else went to Ghana?
Williams isn’t the only notable name to cement a shift in international loyalty to the Black Stars this week, with Southampton’s Mohammed Salisu and Brighton’s Tariq Lamptey also sealing their eligibility.
The first has already refused the call from Ghana, while the second is a young English international.
“Thank you for the trust and your determination to see Ghana succeed,” National Football Association President Kurt Edwin Simeon-Okraku wrote on Twitter.