Wednesday Jul 22, 2020. 11:00
Former Netherlands international George Boateng says he could have played for Ghana’s Black Stars.
However, the retired defensive midfielder claims that he was never approached by the four-time African champions.
Boateng was born in the Ghanaian city of Nkawkaw and he went on to play for Aston Villa, Middlesbrough, Hull City and Coventry City in English Premier League.
This was after he started his career at Dutch clubs SBV Excelsior and Feyenoord as a youngster.
“As a young star, when I made my debut in the Feyenoord first team, nobody in the GFA ever came to me or sent a letter to express their interest, to say ‘George Boateng is one of our players, he was born in Ghana, he is eligible to play for us. Can we please ask him or invite him for a game?’,” Boateng said on Goal.
“Such a thing never took place. When I was 18 and I debuted [at club level], the Dutch national team did that, they invited me to come and play for the under-18 team, which I did.
The former Nottingham Forest star earned four caps in total for Netherlands’ Oranje having made his international debut for the country in a 1-1 draw with Denmark in November 2001.
“The player is not the one who is supposed to make the initial approach to the GFA to ask if I can play for the team – that is the unorthodox way,” he added.
“The professional way is that the federation will send an invite because it is supposed to be an honour for you to be invited to play for your country.
“So in that seven years, I could have made my mind up and played for Ghana.”