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09.03.2006 Football News

Owusu-Abeyie Wants To Remain Dutch

By Graphic

Quincy Owusu-Abeyie has turned down an approach from Ghana to play for them at the World Cup finals, telling reporters he was setting his sights on a senior cap for the Dutch national side.

The former Arsenal striker, who recently signed for Spartak Moscow, was born in the Netherlands to Ghanaian parents and played for the Dutch under-20 side at last year's World Youth Championships.

Ghana hoped to get him to commit to their World Cup campaign by changing his international status under FIFA regulations, which allow players aged under 21 who have been capped at junior level by one country to play at senior level for another.

The 20-year-old Owusu-Abeyie said his decision was based on the fact he was confident he would get a future chance to play at the World Cup finals.

"Holland practically qualify every four years while Ghana have only made it for the first time," said Owusu-Abeyie.

"So while I won't be at Germany 2006, I'm sure I will get a chance in the future"