How to get players born abroad to play for Ghana

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Black Meteors coach, Ibrahim Tanko, has proposed the Ghana Football Association adopt the Turkish style of tracking players born abroad.

This he said can be done by establishing offices or using its old players based in these countries to convince these players when they are still young.

Ghana lost out on many talents eligible to represent the nation at the senior level; recently, Chelsea’s Hudson Odoi to England, Anderlecht’s Jeremy Doku to Belgium, and others.

The former Black Stars assistant coach believes if pragmatic measures are put in place to track these players at an early age, they can be convinced to play for the Black Stars.

“There are a lot of Ghanaian talents abroad especially in England, Germany, and Holland but we always wait for them to play first-team football before they get our attention”, he told Wontumi Radio.

“If we want to integrate them into our national team, we need to start early. A player like Tariq Lamptey has the potential of playing for the England national team because he plays in England.

“In Germany, we have Oto Addo, Eric Addo in Holland, Adu Tutu is also in Austria and Razak in Denmark.

“If we ask these former players to speak to the youngsters, they can convince them, because they have experience in dealing with players.

“I know the Turkish FA have an office in Germany because they know there are Turkish players who are based in Germany. So, if we do the same, we will get these players.”

The technical handlers of the GFA have confirmed they are in talks with the camps of youngsters, Tariq Lamptey and Eddie Eddie Nketiah, on the possibility of switching allegiance to Ghana.

The two have represented England at the youth levels.

Source: MyNewsGh.com/Sports/2020



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