Ghana President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has urged the country’s Minister for Youth and Sports to convince Chelsea Star, Callum Hudson-Odoi, to switch nationality and play for the Black Stars.
The 20-year-old winger was born in England to Ghanaian parents and is still eligible to switch allegiance to the West African nation.
He has made three senior appearances for the Three Lions of England since his debut in 2019.
One more outing will make Odoi permanently tied to Gareth Southgate’s side. And that has been delayed by his snub for the soon-to-start 2020 Euros.
According to current FIFA rules on nationality switch, the forward is entitled to make a switch to Ghana provided he has not played more than three senior matches for England and all the games had come before he turned 21 (on November 7).
Also, he can only make an application three years after his last appearance for the nation he wishes to change from.
Odoi, who is on holidays in Ghana, paid a courtesy call on Akufo-Addo at the Presidency on Monday, June 7, 2021.
The President, sharing the news on social media said, has tasked his Sports Minister, Mustapha Ussif, to convince the UEFA Champions League winner to switch nationality to play for the four-time African champions.
“On Monday, 7th June 2021, Ghanaian-born Chelsea footballer, Callum Hudson-Odoi, paid a courtesy call on me at Jubilee House, the seat of our nation’s presidency, ” he posted on Facebook.
“Amongst others, I urged the Minister for Youth and Sports to explore the possibility of having Callum switch nationality, and play for the Black Stars.”
By Abdul Karim Adam Benin/www.sportyafrica.com