Spain-born Iñaki Williams will play for Ghana’s national team.

The Athletic Bilbao forward made the announcement via video on his social media sites on Tuesday.

It’s about time,” Ghana’s national squad declared on Twitter. “Welcome to the Black Stars.”

Williams, 28, was born in Spain to parents who claimed to have fled civil war in Liberia and ended up in a refugee camp in Ghana before moving to the Basque Country region.

I feel the moment has come for me to find my origins within myself and with Africa and Ghana, which mean so much to me and my family,” Williams said on Twitter. “I want to return a small part of everything it has given to us, because Ghana has played a significant part of becoming who I am as a person, as a son and as a brother.”

He is one of five players who have switched allegiances to Ghana in preparation for the World Cup in Qatar.

Williams was a member of Spain’s youth teams and made his senior team debut in a friendly against Bosnia in 2016.
He had not been called up recently by current Spain coach Luis Enrique.

Ghana is in Group H of this year’s World Cup in Qatar, along with Portugal, South Korea and Uruguay.


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