Arsenal loanee, Emmanuel Frimpong may feature for the Ghana Black Stars at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations if after his much awaited nationality switch was ratified by world football governing body FIFA.
The hard tackling midfielder confirmed the ratification by tweeting:
“Its official @Frimpong26AFC can now play for the Ghana Black stars:D #AFCON”—-Finally soo happy☺♥”.
The 20-year old, on loan at Charlton, played for the England U-16s and U-17s.
He has however been cleared by FIFA to play for the country of his birth after the Scottish FA confirmed that Frimpong had not played a competitive match for them.
Frimpong, a dual citizen of Ghana and Britain, can now be selected for Ghana’s 2013 Africa Cup of Nations campaign in South Africa next year.
Frimpong, who was born in Kumasi, Ghana before migrating to England has always had a desire to play for Ghana.
“I have always said that, no matter what, I will always play for Ghana because I believe I am a Ghanaian”, he said some months ago.
“England has done a lot for me and my family but at the end of the day I can’t see myself playing for England because I am not English”, he added.Frimpong notwithstanding the switch will face a daunting task breaking into Ghana’s team considering the many midfield talents at coach Kwasi Appiah’s disposal.