Thursday, June 25, 2009

Another Ghanaian wants in!

The reggae musician Peter Tosh said, " no matter where you may come from as long as you are a black man, you are an African."

After Kevin Prince Boateng announced that he wants Ghana, another one has made similar overtures.

Dutch youth international Jeffrey Sarpong has opted to play for Ghana instead of Holland, the country of his birth.

The 20-year-old, who plays for Dutch giants Ajax Amsterdam, is the second player to switch nationality to represent the Black Stars.

Sarpong, who was born to a Ghanaian father in Holland, has already approached the Ghana Football Association to express his interest. Reports say he has a Nigerian mother.

The GFA has welcomed his intention to play for the Black Stars and have left the option for coach Milovan Rajevac to consider inviting him, according to vice president Fred Pappoe.

Even though Sarpong has not snubbed overtures from the Ghanaian authorities in the past his decision to play for the Black Stars would certainly raise the issue of opportunism.

That is because with the Dutch national team in top form he is unlikely to get a place in that squad.

The performance of the Black Stars who are on the verge of qualifying for the World Cup could have attracted him too. Don't forget, too, that Ghana would be playing in the Fifa under-20 World Cup in Egypt. And, he's obviously noticed that he qualifies for that.