GHANAIAN MIDFIELDER KEVIN-PRINCE BOATENG HAS REVEALED HIS DESIRE TO PLAY FOR THE BLACK STARS AGAIN FOLLOWING HIS SUSPENSION FROM THE NATIONAL TEAM TWO YEARS AGO.
Boateng has disclosed he will grab the opportunity to represent Ghana and play his third World Cup with the West African side.
The 29-year-old, who is on fire for Spanish side Las Palmas in La Liga after scoring four goals in eight games, last played for the Black Stars at the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil. The former AC Milan star was sacked from camp, together with teammate Sulley Ali Muntari, for showing “gross insubordination” towards former Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah ahead of their 1-2 defeat to Portugal in the final group game.
Speaking to CCTV Africa News on Tuesday November 1, Boateng maintained he was not guilty of any wrongdoing during the tournament. ”There were people who had a problem with me. I don’t know for what reason. They had their reason… I think it was not the right decision that they kicked me out (of camp during the World Cup in 2014)” he stated.
”It is for every player a big dream to play at the World Cup. If there would be a chance to play a third World Cup I would not say no. There are not a lot of players who can say they played in three World Cups,” he added.
Boateng has made 15 appearances for the national team and scored two goals. Meanwhile ace Ghanaian sports journalist Kwabena Yeboah has described the midfielder as an ‘opportunist’ who should not be given another chance to play for the Black Stars.
Essien, Derek To Return To Ghana Premier League
Former Ghana international, Derek Boateng says he and his former colleague Michael Essien have had discussions concerning the possibility of returning and playing in the Ghana Premier League before they retire from active football.
Derek Boateng and Michael Essien both played for Dansoman-based Liberty Professionals before a career breakthrough came when they played for the Black Starlets and Black Satellites in 1999 and 2001 respectively.
Despite playing only a handful of games in the Ghana Premier League when they started off, both Essien and Derek went on to have hugely successful careers- even if Derek in particular didn’t reach the heights many expected him to.
Essien on the other hand played for some of the biggest teams in the World, including Real Madrid and AC Milan, but it was at Chelsea that the ‘Bison’ as he was affectionately called, made his name and won the UEFA Champions League.
Both players are in their twilights now, with Essien playing for Indonesian side Persib Bandung while Boateng is without a club, but says his agent is working on a deal which will see him return to club football soon.
When asked if playing in the Ghana league now that he is clubless is a possibility, Boateng answered in the affirmative and said it is something he and his childhood friend Essien have discussed in the past.
Speaking on the sideline of the recently held Celebrity Workout, Boateng said “Oh yeah, why not? I don’t have a problem playing in the Ghana Premier League, in fact it is something me and Essien have talked about before. That we should come back home and play for Liberty Professionals before we retire because we really didn’t have a feel of the Ghana league before leaving the shores of Ghana to play in Europe.”
Derek, 34, who won 47 caps for Ghana played for several top teams in Europe, including Fulham in England, Panathinaikos in Greece, Getafe in Spain, and FC Koln in Germany.
Derek was a member of the Black Stars squad that participated in the 2006 and 2010 FIFA World Cup.Essien also played in two FIFA World Cups for Ghana (2006, 2014).
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