Gyasi wants to trade Italy for Ghana

Italy-born forward Emmanuel Gyasi has revealed his desire to represent Ghana, the country of his parent’s birth.

The 26-year-old now playing in Serie A was born in the city of Palermo, Italy, and currently plies his trade at newly-promoted Serie A side, Spezia Calcio.

In an interview with Accra-based radio station Asempa FM, the 26-year-old expressed his desire to play for the Black Stars and stated Ghanaian legends Asamoah Gyan and Stephan Appiah as his mentors within the game.

“My dream is to play for the senior national team (Black Stars). I believe hard work and determination can get me into the Black Stars. I have two mentors, Stephen Appiah and Asamoah Gyan.”

Gyasi has been heavily influential in helping Spezia gain promotion to the summit of Italian football, scoring two goals in the promotion play-off round against Chievo Verona and Frosinone Calcio to help the Liguria-based outfit escape the clutches of the second division of Italian football.

“I’m glad I was able to play a key role in Spezia’s qualification into Serie A after just two years at the club. This is historic because Spezia have not played in the Serie A before.

“I’m very happy at Spezia because they take very good care of the players and I feel very comfortable.

“I have received a lot of offers, however, I want to sit with the technical directors of Spezia and listen to what they have for me before I decide the way forward,” he added.

The Small Eagles frontman has tallied 16 goals (10 goals and six assists) in 39 appearances in all competitions and is set to increase the burgeoning number of Africans playing in Italy.