Mohammed Muntari is set to lead the attack of Qatar in the upcoming FIFA World Cup which commences from November 21 to December 18 this year.
But the lanky forward is not the only Ghanaian-born footballer who has chosen to switch allegiance from Ghana. We will highlights the top Ghana players who represented other countries, featuring Danny Welbeck, Mario Balotelli and Jerome.
Boateng Mohammed Muntari(Ghana to Qatar)
He recently revealed he committed his international allegiance to Qatar ahead of Ghana due to ‘football reasons’. The 28-year-old opted to represent the Arab country despite being born to Ghanaian parents.
Muntari, who will be in action for Qatar at the 2022 World Cup, has made 43 appearances and scored 12 goals so far. The lanky striker is not the only footballer to ditch Ghana for other countries on an international level for The Maroon.
Ghnewsbag looks at the some top Ghanaian-born footballers who decided to represent other countries ahead of the Black Stars.
Yusuf Musah (Ghana to England to USA)
Yunus Dimoara Musah was born in New York City while his Ghanaian mother was on vacation in the United States. His father is also Ghanaian. They later moved to Italy and then England, where he mostly grew up. As a youth, Musah was eligible to play for the United States, Ghana, Italy, and England. However, made his youth international debut for England before committing to the United States in 2021.
The Valencia midfielder has played 16 games for the USA, and is set to represent them at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Alphonso Davies (Ghana to Canada)
The Bayern Munich defender was born in Buduburam, a Ghanaian refugee camp, after his parents had fled the civil war in Liberia. The Davies family were able to immigrate to Canada when Alphonso was five, eventually settling in Edmonton, Alberta.
The teenager would have been eligible to represent his country of birth at international level, but chose to play for Canada.
After featuring for the U17 and U20 teams, he made history as the youngest player to turn out for the seniors, debuting against Curaçao on 14 June 2017. He had only obtained his Canadian citizenship a week earlier.
Mario Balotelli (Ghana to Italy)
Balotelli received his first Ghana call-up from former Black Stars coach Claude Le Roy for a friendly against Senegal in 2007, as his parents are both Ghanaian-born. But but he refused to honour the invitation, citing he was waiting for Italy to give him the nod. Arguably one of the most controversial characters in world football, the Liverpool forward has scored 13 times for Italy in 33 appearances.
Balotelli made his first appearance for the Italy senior team in 2010. He has played 36 matches, scoring 14 goals for the Azzurris
Jerome Boateng (Ghana to Germany)
Although Lyon’s towering central-defender was born and raised in Germany’s capital, Boateng comes from a home of a Ghanaian father. He has visited the West African country before, describing the experience as “emotional”.
Boateng excelled at youth level for Germany, as did his brother, Kevin-Prince – who opted to rather represent Ghana – the country for whom his uncle Robert had also played, with Jerome opting for Germany – for whom the two had excelled at youth level.
Memphis Depay (Ghana to Netherlands).
The 26-year-old is of Ghanaian descent as he was born to a Ghanaian father and a Dutch mother in Moordrecht.
The Barcelona forward, despite not featuring for the Black Stars, often comes to Ghana to relax and support children with special disabilities among many other things.
Danny Welbeck (Ghana to England)
Funnily enough, the Brighton and Hove forward made his debut for England against Ghana in 2011 – the nation who he could’ve chosen to play for.
The former Manchester United striker was booed by Ghanaians when he made his entrance as a substitute in the game. Although he was born and raised in England, Welbeck’s parents are both Ghanaian. The ex-Arsenal forward’s full name is Daniel Nii Tackie Mensah Welbeck and he has played 42 games for the Three Lions, scoring 16 goals.