The Black Stars got a huge booster on Tuesday, July 5th, 2022, with the announcement that five (5) players of Ghanaian descent have switched nationalities to represent their motherland.
The news was greeted with much excitement from the Ghanaian football fraternity due to the limited number of talent that currently represent the Black Stars.
Ahead of the biggest football showpiece that is expected to take place in Qatar in November 2022, many Ghanaians had been worried about how the Black Stars would match up in terms of talent and experience in playing top-tier football.
Therefore, the news that five foreign players have switched allegiance to help the team at the Mundial could not have come at a better time.
Let’s take a look at the 5 players and what they will bring to the team:
1 . Tariq Lamptey: The Brighton and Hove defender was announced as one of the players who agreed to switch nationality and represent Ghana.
According to GFA President, Kurt Okraku, Tariq’s decision was largely influenced by his father, Ahmed Lamptey.
He was born on 30th September, 2000, in Hillingdon in England. He previously played at the youth level for England. On 29 December 2019, Lamptey made his professional footballing debut for Chelsea away against Arsenal in the Premier League.
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On 31st January 2020, the winter transfer deadline day, Lamptey completed a permanent transfer to Brighton & Hove Albion, signing a three and a half year deal. He made an impressive debut for the Seagulls in his first Premier League start, a 0–0 away draw against Leicester City on 23 June.
He is expected to provide some depth at the right back position for the Black Stars at the World Cup in Qatar
2 . Inaki Williams: The Atletico Bilbao player is one of the high-profile players Ghana had been pursuing for a while. Therefore his announcement that he is ready to play for the Black Stars has been dominating the news headlines.
Iñaki Williams was born in Bilbao in 1994. He started to play football in Pamplona and joined Athletic Club in 2012. After impressing the coaches at the academy, he made his first team debut in December 2014 and two months later, he became the first black player to score a goal for ‘The Lions.’ In January 2018, he renewed his contract with the Basque outfit until 2025, assuring his presence at San Mamés for years to come.
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Inaki Williams said, “today a new challenge begins. From now on, I will defend Ghana’s T-shirt with all my will while I give my best. I am one of the Black Stars.”
3 . Stephan Ambrosius: Born in Hamburg to Ghanaian parents, Ambrosius joined the Hamburger SV youth academy in 2012. He made his professional debut in the Bundesliga in March 2018.
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Ambrosius started playing football at the age of 5 at local club Einichkeit Wilhelmsburg, before moving to SV Wilhelmsburg and finally FC St. Pauli. In 2012, at the age of 13, Pauli moved to the Hamburger SV youth
4 . Patric Pfeiffer: He was born on 20 August 1999. He is a German-born Ghanaian professional footballer who plays as a defender for SV Darmstadt 98.
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5 . Ransford-Yeboah Königsdörffer: He is a centre forward who was born to a Ghanaian father and a German mother.
Königsdörffer played youth football for Minerva Berlin, SCC Berlin and Hertha BSC before joining the youth setup at Dynamo Dresden in the summer of 2019.