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‘I feel like a Ghanaian now’ — Inaki Williams confesses Featured

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The Spanish-born has expressed his readiness for the West African nation after completing his nationality switch earlier this week.

Athletic Bilbao striker, Inaki Williams, has said that he now feels Ghanaian and is ready to represent the country at international level.

 
Williams on Tuesday announced his decision to switch international allegiance to play for the senior national team of Ghana after turning down attempts from the Ghana Football Association (GFA) since 2016.
 
Before the event happened, he had rejected call-ups to represent the country, citing not feeling Ghanaian as the reason for it.
 
“I admire and love Ghana, the food, tradition. My parents are from Accra, and I really enjoy going. Ghana tried to convince me, but I was born in Spain, in Bilbao. I won’t ever forget my family roots, but I feel Basque and can’t con anyone. I would be comfortable with Ghana, I’m sure, but I shouldn’t be there.
 
“But I wasn’t born or raised there, my culture’s here, and there are players for whom it would mean more. So I don’t think it would be right to take the place of someone who really deserves to go and who feels Ghana 100%.” Williams said to The Guardian.
 
During a recent interview with TV3, he revealed that he now feels Ghanaian.
 
“It was beautiful playing with Spain. I have lived all my life in Spain but I don’t forget Ghana. Ghana is a special country because my parents are here, and my blood is here,” he said.
 
“Ghana is here in my heart because I enjoy this country. I see my people, I see my parents. My parents are Ghanaians and I am a Ghanaian,” he added.
 
Williams will be available for the Black Stars during the AFCON 2023 Qualifiers and the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
 
His younger brother, Nicholas Williams is also expected to switch international allegiance to play for the Black Stars in future.
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