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Inaki Williams: ‘Playing for Spain means more to me than Ghana’

Athletico Bilbao attacker Inaki Williams has explained why he can’t play for the senior national team of Ghana, the Black Stars. 

The 27-year-old who was born in the Basque region to Ghanaian parents [Maria and Felix] has ignored the Ghana Football Association’s attempts to get him playing for Ghana.

Inaki has only featured for La Roja once in 2016 against Bosnia and Herzegovina in a friendly game, he is still hopeful of becoming a regular after five years of neglect.

“I’m grateful to where I grew and became who I am. Ghana tried to convince me, but I was born in Spain, in Bilbao. I won’t ever forget my family roots, but I feel Basque and can’t con anyone,” Inaki told Guardian.

“I would be comfortable with Ghana, I’m sure, but I shouldn’t be there …”

And my mum knows how people love football there: it’s quite something, and she’d be worried about me.

“My parents are from Accra and I really enjoy going there. But I wasn’t born or raised there, my culture’s here, and there are players for whom it would mean more.

“I don’t think it would be right to take the place of someone who really deserves to go and who feels Ghana 100%,” he added.

Inaki Williams became a La Liga legend last Friday after he broke the record for most consecutive games in La Liga history when Athletic Bilbao beat Deportivo Alaves 1-0.

That game means that Inaki has played 203 successive matches and has now surpassed the record held by former Real Sociedad defender Juan Larranaga from 1986-1992.

 

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