Memphis Depay, Alphonso Davies and 7 Ghanaians Who Will Be Playing for Other Nations at the World Cup

Memphis Depay, Alphonso Davies and 7 Ghanaians Who Will Be Playing for Other Nations at the World Cup

  • Ghana will be making their fourth appearance at the 2022 FIFA World Cup with a 26-man contingent
  • However, there are a host of other players of Ghanaian descent who will be featuring at the Mundial for different countries
  • Key among the names playing for other nations include Memphis Depay, Alphonso Davies and Nico Williams

The football-crazed West African nation of Ghana has proven to be a hotbed of talent. Formerly known as the Gold Coast, Ghana's position as a fertile production house for football jewels is undisputed.

After missing out on the 2018 World Cup in Russia, the Black Stars of Ghana will be making their fourth appearance at the Mundial in the soon-to-start quadrennial tournament.

Alphonso Davies, Memphis Depay, Nico Williams, World Cup, 2022 FIFA World Cup
Alphonso Davies, Memphis Depay, Nico Williams and six more Ghanaians will represent other nations at the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Photo credit: @SEFutbol @OnsOranje @DAZN_CA
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Restricted to only 26 players by the regulations of the competition, coach Otto Addo submitted a list of the hugely talented squad to hoist the flag of Ghana at the tournament.

However, there are footballers of Ghanaian descent set to feature for other nations at the 22nd edition of the FIFA World Cup.

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Sports Brief takes a look at players with Ghanaian heritage representing other countries in Qatar.

Ghanaians representing other nations

Jeremy Baffour Doku (Belgium)

Jeremy Doku, Belgium
Jeremy Doku celebrating his maiden goal for Belgium. Photo credit: @goal
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Born in Antwerp, Belgium, the 20-year-old tricky winger was named on Roberto Martinez's final list for the Red Devils.

Despite being born in Europe, the Rennes forward has Ghanaian roots traced to his father and could have represented the Black Stars, but opted for the country of his birth.

Alphonso Davies (Canada)

Alphonso Davies, Bayern Munich, Canada
Alphonso Davies ready to go on his rampaging runs on the left flank for Bayern Munich. Photo credit: @FCBayernEN
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The marauding Bayern Munich defender was actually born in a refugee camp in Ghana, before his parents sought greener pastures by travelling to Canada.

Just like a carefully crafted Hollywood script, Davies' career has moved from grace to grace and he is set to lead Canada to their first World Cup since 1986.

Richie Laryea (Canada)

Richie Laryea, Canada, World Cup
Richie Laryea will represent Canada at the FIFA World Cup in Qatar after he was named in John Herdman's final squad for the tournament. Photo credit: @DAZN_CA
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Another player of Ghanaian descent on the Canadian roster is Toronto FC utility player, Richmond Mamah Laryea.

Having made his debut in Canada on September 7, 2019, the 27-year-old has become a mainstay in the team and is expected to play an integral role for the North American nation.

Jeremie Agyekum Frimpong (Netherlands)

Jeremie Frimpong, Netherlands, Bayer Leverkusen
Jeremie Frimpong plays as a right-back for the Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen and the Dutch national team. Photo credit: @OnsOranje
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The Bayer Leverkusen right-back will be competing for places in Louis Van Gaal's Dutch side as they chase their maiden World Cup title.

However, he could have been on the roster of the Black Stars, representing the country of his parents.

Memphis Depay (Netherlands)

Memphis Depay, Netherlands
Memphis Depay is expected to spearhead the Dutch team, who are in search of an elusive World Cup title after finishing second on three previous occasions. Photo credit: @OnsOranje
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Yet another talent lost to the Dutch national team is Memphis Depay.

Depay is arguably the most 'Ghanaian' on this list, with the Barcelona forward visiting the country of his father virtually every summer.

Despite maintaining a great bond with Ghana, the former Man United attacker opted to represent the Netherlands at the national team level.

Mohammed Muntari (Qatar)

Mohammed Muntari, Qatar, World Cup
Muntari explained his decision to represent Qatar over Ghana earlier this year, dismissing suggestions that he was motivated by money. Photo credit: @QFA
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Muntari was born and raised in Kumasi, Ghana, but relocated to Qatar after successfully going through the Aspire Academy program.

The 29-year-old Al Duhail striker boasts of 13 goals for Qatar and will be tasked with providing goals for the host nation, while playing the second fiddle to marksman Almoez Ali.

Nico Williams (Spain)

Nico Williams, Spain, World Cup
Nico Williams is heading to Qatar with La Roja. Photo credit: @SEFutbol
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Born in the Basque region of Spain, the Athletic Bilbao wideman could have been on Ghana's roster for the World Cup just like his elder brother Inaki Williams.

Despite the many attempts made by the Ghana Football Association to lure him, he could not resist the allure of playing for the 2010 world champions.

Yunus Musah (USA)

Yunus Musah, USA
The 19-year-old midfielder, born in the United States to Ghanaian parents, opted to represent America despite being eligible for Italy and England as well. Photo credit: @USMNT
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Born in the United States to Ghanaian parents, he grew up mostly in Italy and England. The 19-year-old workaholic midfielder was actually spoiled for choice and could have represented England.

Despite having the option to choose between the United States, England and Ghana, Musah opted for the 1994 World Cup hosts and will be representing the Stars and Stripes in Qatar.

Ethan Ampadu (Wales)

Ethan Ampadu, Wales, World Cup
Ethan Ampadu already has 37 caps and is relishing heading to Qatar in their first global tournament since 1958. Photo credit: @talkSPORT
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The Chelsea academy graduate plays internationally for the Wales national football team.

He qualifies for Wales through his Welsh mother, but was also eligible to represent Ghana via his Ghanaian dad, Kwame Ampadu.

The 22-year-old is currently plying his trade in the Italian top flight with Spezia and has been named in the final squad for Wales.

Ghana names squad for World Cup

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Otto Addo has announced his final 26-man squad for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

At a press conference in Accra, the 47-year-old named his team which included several notable names for the Black Stars.

Some are concerned however at the absence of Joseph Paintsil, Majeed Ashimeru and Felix Afena-Gyan.

Source: Sports Brief News