Wednesday Jun 16, 2021. 12:00
Netherlands international Timothy Fosu-Mensah says he keeps tabs on Ghana despite having rejected the Black Stars.
Having been born to Ghanaian parents in the Dutch capital city, Amsterdam, Fosu-Mensah was eligible to represent both nations.
However, the 23-year-old defender rejected a chance to switch his international allegiance to Ghana having played for the Netherlands’ youth national teams.
Fosu-Mensah then made his senior debut for the Netherlands on 31 August 2017, when he was named in the starting line-up against France in a 4-0 defeat.
The former Manchester United player, who was nurtured in the academy of Ajax Amsterdam, is currently on holiday in Ghana.
“I have been watching Ghana, especially the 2010 World Cup,” Fosu-Mensah told Citi Sports.
“It was the first time Kevin Prince Boateng joined the national team. Recently I have seen that unfortunately, they lost [1-0] to Morocco, but yeah I have been watching.”
Fosu-Mensah, who is on the books of German Bundesliga outfit Bayer Leverkusen, recalled the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals which were hosted by South Africa.
“I get emotional when they [Ghana] lose, especially against Uruguay during the 2010 World Cup,” he continued.
“This is because in Amsterdam we lived in a flat with a lot of other Ghanaians. When that happened, it was painful but when Ghana was scoring my brother and I would open the door and shout in celebration.
“When you think about it, it is special.”
Fosu-Mensah’s older brother, Alfons, 27, is currently on the books of English Northern Premier League Division One West side Glossop North End.