Ghana FA in talks with Jeremie Frimpong to switch nationality ahead of 2022 World Cup

By Samuel Ekow Amoasi Appiah
World Cup Ghana FA in talks with Jeremie Frimpong to switch nationality ahead of 2022 World Cup
SEP 25, 2022 LISTEN

The Ghana Football Association (GFA) are in talks with Bayer Leverkusen full-back' Jeremie Frimpong to switch his international allegiance from the Netherlands to play for the Black Stars.

The former Manchester City defender has decided to represent the Netherlands, the country of his birth, and was handed a call-up by Louis Van Gaal in March for the games against Denmark and Germany in the UEFA Nations League.

However, Ghana still has a chance of getting the promising defender with talks still progressing between the two parties.

Frimpong has already indicated he feels Dutchman, thus his reason for choosing the Netherlands ahead of England and Ghana.

According to Football transfer guru, Fabrizio Romano, the Ghana FA is still pushing hard to convince the Dutch-born defender to switch nationality and play at the 2022 World Cup.

“Ghana are now really pushing to have Bayer Leverkusen fullback Jeremie Frimpong in the Black Stars as they did with Tariq Lamptey — the final decision is up to the player.” Fabrizio Romano tweeted.

Frimpong signed for Leverkusen in January 2021 from Scottish giants Celtic for a fee around £11.5million.

The 21-year-old has scored two goals in seven appearances for Bayer Leverkusen this season.

Frimpong was impressive in Netherlands U-21's 2-1 win against Belgium U-21 in a friendly on Saturday.

The Ghana Football Association led by Kurt Okraku has already completed the nationality switches of some notable European-borns of Ghanaian descent namely Inaki Williams, Tariq Lamptey, Patric Pfeiffer, Stephan Ambrosio, and Ransford Yeboah Königsdörffer ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

It will be recalled that Jeremie Frimpong in an interview with De Telegraaf and ESPN last year insisted that his dream is to play for the Netherlands since he was born in the European country.

“I was born in the Netherlands, so for me it’s simple: I want to play for Orange (Dutch national team),” he told De Telegraaf

“I can but England's out the way. I'm not English, I'm Dutch”

"Yes of course (it was a dream). As a young kid, I wanted to play for my country, to play for Holland."

Samuel Ekow Amoasi Appiah
Samuel Ekow Amoasi Appiah

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