Athletic Bilbao forward Inaki Williams insists he won’t play for Ghana
Athletic Bilbao striker Inaki Williams has insisted he will not play for Ghana, although he acknowledges the approaches of the Ghana Football Association.
Williams was born in Spain to Ghanaian parents who were granted asylum in the European country some 27 years ago.
In 2016, he opted for Spain over Ghana, but only played one game – a friendly against Bosnia and Herzegovina – meaning Ghana still has a chance to clinch the striker. who works hard.
But according to him, his intentions are clear and has no interest in moving from Spain to Ghana because he feels more Spanish.
He told The Guardian: “I am grateful for where I grew up and become who I am. Ghana tried to convince me, but I was born in Spain, in Bilbao. I will never forget my family roots, but I feel Basque and I can’t rip anyone off. I would be comfortable with Ghana, I’m sure, but I shouldn’t be there… ”
“And my mom knows how much people love football there: it’s something, and she would worry about me.”
“When my mother is angry, she insults us in Ghanaian but we speak Spanish. When my parents arrived, it was English but we lost that. I could have a conversation in English but it’s not common now. When my grandparents call, I speak to them in Twi. I admire and love Ghana, the culture, the food, the tradition.
“My parents are from Accra and I really love going there. But I wasn’t born or grew up there, my culture is here, and there are players for whom that would mean more. I don’t think it would be fair to take the place of someone who is truly worth going and feels 100% Ghana.
Inaki grew up in the popular Basque region and has represented Athletic Bilbao for 18 years.
He made his senior team debut in 2014 and worked hard to become a full member of the team. Recently, he broke the record for most consecutive games in La Liga history as his side beat Alaves 1-0. The 27-year-old Spaniard played his 203rd game in a row, surpassing the record held by former Real Sociedad defender Juan Larranaga from 1986 to 1992.