Ghana Football Association president Kwesi Nyantakyi and Ghana boss Goran Stevanovic have claimed that Arsenal’s aggressive defensive midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong has pledged his international future to the Black Stars over England.
Frimpong, 19, was born in Ghana but moved to North London as a youngster and has represented England at youth level, and received his first England Under-21 call-up last month, but he withdrew from the squad as a result of a foot injury. Speculation developed in Ghana that he had decided to pledge his future to the country of his birth.
Frimpong headed to Craven Cottage on Monday night to observe Ghana’s 1-0 defeat to Brazil – “Going to support the Black Stars DEEEEEENCH,” he tweeted – and, during a meeting with Ghanian officials after the game, he made clear his intentions.
“Yesterday we met him after the game at Fulham at a hotel,” Nyantakyi told The Guardian. “He wants to play for Ghana. We have to apply to FIFA now – send them the documentation and wait.
“It is out of my hands how long they will take, but with my experience I expect no longer than three months and it will probably be shorter than that.”
Ghana boss Goran Stevanovic said he also spoke to Frimpong after Monday’s match.
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“I am very interested in him,” Stevanovic said. “He is a good player. He plays for Arsenal. They are a good club. Everything is possible. I wanted to speak to him to give him my vision of the future of the game.”
On Tuesday afternoon, Frimpong added on his Twitter account: “I have Done My Part For the Love of The country Now Lets Wait and See The Outcome……” (yes, he is a twitter fiend).
Good news then for Ghana who have claimed back an extremely promising young talent. Its understandable that Frimpong chose a country who had an amazing world cup campaign, and first team opportunities will come easier for the Black Cats rather than for England.