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Decision to play for Ghana: Check out players who’ve made impact since joining Black Stars

Several players of Ghanaian descent are currently playing for countries in the Euro 2024 -including Kobbie Mainoo (England), Memphis Depay (Netherlands) and Nico Williams (Spain), however, we turn our focus to those who pledged allegiance to the Black Stars

With several players of Ghanaian descent lighting up Euro 2024- including Kobbie Mainoo (England), Memphis Depay (Netherlands) and Nico Williams (Spain),  asaaseradio.com turns the focus on those who pledged allegiance to Ghana and played for the Black Stars.

Kevin-Prince Boateng: From Germany to Ghana glory

Born in Berlin, Boateng initially represented Germany at youth level. In a dramatic switch, he opted for Ghana in 2009.

The attacking midfielder debuted in a 1-0 win over Latvia, impressing coach Milovan Rajevac.

He became a key figure in Ghana’s run to the 2010 World Cup quarterfinals, scoring against the USA. Boateng made 15 appearances for Ghana, netting twice.

Adam Larsen Kwarasey: Norway’s loss, Ghana’s gain

Born in Oslo, Kwarasey declared his intention to play for Ghana (his father’s nation) at 20, despite representing Norway’s U-21s.

The young goalkeeper earned his debut call-up in 2011, keeping a clean sheet against Eswatini.

Kwarasey went on to make 24 appearances for Ghana, establishing himself as a worthy successor to Richard Kingson.

Otto Addo: From Bundesliga champion to Black Stars coach

Hamburg-born Addo began his professional career with VfL 93 Hamburg. After impressing at Hannover 96, he secured a move to Borussia Dortmund in 1999, the same year he debuted for Ghana.

Addo shone at the 2000 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) despite Ghana’s quarter-final exit. Injuries hampered his progress, but his determination saw him feature in Ghana’s historic 2006 World Cup squad.

Addo made 15 appearances for the Black Stars, scoring twice. Remarkably, he returned to the national team in 2023, this time as head coach, guiding Ghana to World Cup qualification—a feat he achieved as both player and coach.

Alexander Djiku: French-born Ghanaian wall

Montpellier-born Djiku honed his skills at SC Bastia’s academy.

His resolve and discipline saw him progress through the ranks and earn a call-up to the Black Stars in 2020.

Despite a debut defeat to Mali, Djiku bounced back, playing a key role in Ghana’s 5-1 thrashing of Qatar.

The 29-year-old centre-back’s leadership and tactical nous make him a vital part of Ghana’s defence, with a promising future ahead.

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