"Goal Naba": Inaki Williams Reacts as Fans Chant and Sing His Name in Kuamsi: Video

"Goal Naba": Inaki Williams Reacts as Fans Chant and Sing His Name in Kuamsi: Video

Lukman Mumuni
November 19, 2023 at 9:39 AM
  • Inaki Williams celebrated his first goal with fans in Kumasi
  • The Black Stars defeated Madagascar in the opening game of the World Cup qualifiers
  • The Athletic Club striker late winner was his first for Ghana

Ghana striker Inaki Williams was full of joy after netting his first-ever Black Stars goal in the 1-0 win over Madagascar in the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers in Kumasi.

The Athletic Bilbao forward had laboured for his debut strike, which finally came in his eleventh game for the Black Stars.

The goal came in the final minute of the match against the Bareas, as Ghana got off to a winning start in Kumasi.

Inaki WIlliams, Ghana, Black Stars, Madagascar
Inaki WIlliams celebrating with the fans in Kumasi after match winner against Madagascar. Credit: @GhanaBlackstars
Source: Twitter

After the match, fans at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium sang and chanted Williams' name in full excitement.

The Spain-born forward reacted, speaking the Twi, a local Ghanaian language.

"Goal naba," he said, which means the goal has arrived in a video that has since gone viral on social media.

The 29-year-old Athletic Bilbao forward switched nationality to represent Ghana in 2022, making his debut against Brazil in September last year. He was a member of the Black Stars at the World Cup in Qatar.

"When I came here, everybody said to me, thank you and 'Akwaaba,' and I am very, very happy because my grandpa told me Ghanaians need me, and I came to do everything. This performance is beautiful for me because my family was in the stadium, which is dedicated to him," he said in the post-match presser.

Williams has been in prolific form this season, scoring five goals in ten matches in the Spanish La Liga.

The Black Stars will leave Ghana for Moroni on Saturday ahead of the game against Comoros Island on Tuesday.

Inaki Williams dedicates goal to grandfather

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Athletic Bilbao forward Inaki Williams dedicated his first Ghana goal to his 91-year-old grandfather, who convinced him to play for the Black Stars.

Williams switched nationalities in 2022 to represent the country of his parents despite making a few appearances for Spain, where he was born.

The 29-year-old scored his debut Ghana goal as the Black Stars defeated Madagascar to get off to a winning start in the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

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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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