I feel more Spanish than Ghanaian
- IÃ±aki Williams chose Spain over Ghana for his international career
- Athletic Club forward born to Ghanaian parents in Spain said he was contacted by GFA
- Williams also revealed he speaks Twi but feels more Basque than Ghanaian.
Spanish-born Ghanaian footballer IÃ±aki Williams has finally left the lid open on his decision to represent the European country on his African roots.
The Athletico Bilbao star was born to Ghanaian parents in Bilbao on June 15, 1994 and has spent most of his life in Basque.
However, the Ghana Football Association tried to convince him to play for the Black Stars against La Roja.
And in an interview with the Guardian, the 27-year-old explained his decision even though he has a deep love for Ghana.
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âI am grateful for where I grew up and become who I am. Ghana tried to convince me, but I was born in Spain, in Bilbao, âhe said.
âI will never forget my family roots, but I feel Basque and I can’t cheat on anyone. I would be comfortable with Ghana I’m sure, but I shouldn’t be there.
âAnd my mom knows how much people love football there: it’s something, and she would worry about me. When my mother is angry she insults us in Ghanaian but we speak Spanish.
He continued, “When my parents arrived it was English but we lost it. I could have a conversation in English but it’s not common now. When my grandparents call I talk to them. in twi I admire and love Ghana, culture, food, tradition.
Inaki Williams is one of several Ghanaian players of European affiliation that the Ghana Football Association is trying to persuade to play for the Black Stars.
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Earlier, YEN.com.gh reported that Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi has refused to join England’s Under-21 team for international football during the break as he focuses on his club career.
The native Englishman could change his international allegiance amid Gareth Southgate’s lack of an invitation to the senior squad.
England U-21 coach Lee Carsley has revealed before naming his squad for matches against Slovenia and Andorra this week, Hudson-Odoi has not changed his stance on team U representation -21.