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‘I was born and raised in Germany, but I’m a black man’ – CK Akonnor’s son declares to play for Ghana

Charles-Jesaja Herrmann, the son of former Ghana coach CK Akonnor, says he is very ready to represent the country at the senior level.

The 21-year-old was born in Germany and represented the country from U-15 to the U-19 level after going through the ranks of Bundesliga side Wolfsburg.

The now Kortrijk striker, however, is very clear on which country he wants to represent at the senior level.

Herrmann has said he has Ghana in his heart and is hoping to make the four-time African champions proud when the opportunity arises to play for the Black Stars.

“There’s no doubt that I’ll like to play for Ghana. When they call me, I’ll go direct.

“You know I was born and raised in Germany, but I’m a black man.

“I’m from Ghana, so I have this Ghana heart still in me. I just feel attached although I wasn’t there for a long time. But when they call me, I’ll go direct because I want to make the people there proud,” he told

Charles-Jesaja Herrmann in action for Germany U-19s | COURTESY: GettyImages

Herrmann says he is a keen follower of Ghana football and has some favourite names in mind.

“I can name a lot of Ghanaian footballers. I follow them. The Ayew brothers. Sulley Muntari. I watched them all in the World Cup in 2006. Asamoah Gyan. Michael Essien.

“Because of Essien, most Ghanaians want to play for Chelsea. They’re like legends. Yes, and my dad of course. Abedi Pele, Tony Yeboah.

“And now in my generation, there are also a lot of Ghanaian players who’ll like to play for Ghana, also like Richmond Tachi, who plays for Dortmund second team. John Yeboah playing for Willem II in Holland.”


By Abdul Karim Adamu Benin | 


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