Ghana’s new coach Otto Addo is leaving no stone unturned for the World Cup in Qatar and continues to recruit players with Ghanaian roots from around the world. The former Borussia Dortmund player and his coaching team have now scored a special coup. Spanish-born star striker Inaki Williams of Atletic Bilbao will play for the Black Stars with immediate effect.
Williams played 270 matches in La Liga
Inaki Williams had already played one international match for Spain. He was however given the green light by Fifa to play for Ghana. Williams has played over 270 times in the Primera Division and comes from the youth ranks of CD Pamplona. He plays for Bilbao since 2012. According to Transfermarkt.com, his current market value is €25 million. This would make him the most valuable striker in the Black Stars’ jersey.
In addition to Williams, Brighton & Hove Albion right-back Tariq Lamptey has also been convinced to join the club. Lamptey, who was born in London, has played for all of England’s youth selection teams. After moving from Chelsea FC’s 2nd team, Lamptey, who’s only 1.63m tall, was able to secure a regular spot at the Premier League club from Brighton.
Three players from Bundesliga 2
Otto Addo, on the other hand, knows his way around Germany particularly well. Born in Hamburg, Addo has now found two players in Stephan Ambrosius and Patric Pfeiffer who, like him, were born in that city and each has one Ghanaian parent. Pfeiffer now plays for Darmstadt 98, but is being courted by several Bundesliga clubs. Ambrosius as well as Ranson-Yeboah Koenigsdorffer, who completes the list of possible new Ghanaian World Cup participants, play for Hamburger SV in the Bundesliga 2.
At the World Cup in Qatar Ghana will face Portugal, Uruguay and South Korea in Group H. The Black Stars will play their first match on November 24 at 5 p.m. against Portugal.
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