The rapid rise of Tariq Lamptey has seen England take the assumed position of international choice, however, the Ghana Football Federation won’t allow him to make that decision without a fight.
The 19-year-old right-back caught the attention of the Black Stars and although he’s played for the Three Lions throughout the youth ranks, the Brighton & Hove Albion defender is eligible to represent Ghana by virtue of his parents.
GFA executive council member George Amoakoh revealed that he and the national football body have made contact with the Chelsea academy product regarding switching nationalities.
“In fact when I was watching him (Lamptey) on TV, the first thing I did was to call a couple of people and it was clear that he will be a good player for our national team, the Black Stars,” he said, as per Goal.com.
Amoakoh, who is also the King Faisal executive chairman, expressed the difficulty of getting foreign-based eligible players to switch, as a recurring pattern of siding with Europe continues to gain momentum.
“It is not going to be easy (to get him to switch international allegiance). The national team’s department is making serious efforts to get his parents and the boy to agree to play for Ghana.
“But it’s not going to be easy. I don’t want to sound like it’s impossible, but it’s not going to be easy. Most of the [Ghanaian] players born in Europe, if you want to entice them to come and play for Ghana, it is very difficult.
“They mostly aspire to play for their country of birth or host countries. Even their parents don’t opt for their children playing for Ghana,” the football administrator concluded.