Ghanaian-born Forward Finally Breaks Silence On Opting To Play For Italy

Ghanaian-born Forward Finally Breaks Silence On Opting To Play For Italy

Lukman Mumuni
January 31, 2022 at 11:52 PM
  • Kelvin Yeboah has finally explained his decision to choose Italy over Ghana despite being born in the African country
  • The 21-year-old forward rejected an invite by the Ghanaian national football team to play for Italy's U21
  • Yeboah returned to Italy in the winter transfer window to sign for serie A side Genoa as he hopes to help the club escape relegation

Kelvin Yeboah, the nephew of legendary Ghanaian forward, Anthony Yeboah, has finally revealed his reason for choosing to represent Italy over the country of his birth.

The Genoa forward rejected an invite to play for the Black Stars last June, only to honour a call up from the Italy U21 manager Paolo Nicolato.

In an interview with Italian newspaper Il Secolo XIX, the 21-year-old revealed he feels Italian and that made the decision easier for him.

Kelvin Yeboah playing for Italy and Genoa. SOURCE: Twitter/ @ghanasoccernet Getty Images
Kelvin Yeboah has spoken on choosing Italy over Ghana. SOURCE: Twitter/ @ghanasoccernet Getty Images
Source: Twitter
"I arrived in Italy when I was two, I grew up in Italy and I feel Italian. I started playing in the youth sectors of Novara and Gozzano, then I went to London, to West Ham. From there I decided to move to Austria, to start from the Austrian Serie B to go up more and more. Now the Genoa challenge, challenging and fascinating. We need the right energy," he said as quoted by Calcionews24.

Kelvin Yeboah returned to Italy in the winter transfer window to join Italian topflight side Genoa after an explosive campaign in Austria with Sturm Graz.

Kelvin Yeboah chooses Italy over Ghana

Earlier, reported that, Kelvin Yeboah has made a decision to represent the Italy U-21 side rather than Ghana's Black Stars.

Yeboah was invited as part of Black Stars coach CK Akonnor's 30-man provisional squad earlier in August but seems to have been swayed by the Azzuri U-21s.

Yeboah was named in the Italy U-21 squad for their upcoming European U-21 qualifiers with Luxembourg and Montenegro.

Tony Yeboah pledges to convince nephew to switch nationality

Former Ghana international, Tony Yeboah has pledged to persuade his nephew, Kelvin Yeboah to rescind his decision of playing for Italy and represent the Black Stars at senior level.

Kelvin Yeboah snubbed a Black Stars invite in June last year to play for the Italy U21 national team, leaving many shocked especially with his uncle being a Ghana legend.

But Tony Yeboah, who was speaking to Onua TV, says he will have a talk with his nephew, to convince into switching allegiance and playing for the African country.

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Lukman Abdul Mumin is a Sports Journalist based in Accra, Ghana. He has been writing for the past five years. Lukman joined Sports Brief as an Editor for the Local Desk in 2022.
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