Brighton & Hove Albion talent Tariq Lamptey has hit the headlines after a stellar performance against former club Chelsea.
As the 21-year-old trended on Twitter, the Ghanaian football Federation pounced and made contact with the highly-rated prospect.
This delayed reaction from African Federations regarding players based abroad is an issue former Borrusia Dortmund striker, Ibrahim Tanko, who believes is seriously hampering dual-nationals from representing Ghana.
“There is a lot of Ghanaian talent abroad, especially in England, Germany, and Holland but we always wait for them to play first-team football before they get our attention,” the former Black Stars assistant coach said as per, Goal.com.
“If we want to integrate them into our national team, we need to start early. A player like Tariq Lamptey has the potential of playing for the England national team because he plays in England.”
The 44-year-old believes that football bodies around the continent have to rethink their approach and make themselves known to dual-citizen players at academy level and offer a national alternative from an early age.
“I know the Turkish FA have an office in Germany because they know they are Turkish players who are based in Germany. So if we do the same, we will get these players.”
An issue that might not be seen as detrimental, and yet destructive is the use of herbal medicine or ‘juju’ within the Ghana ranks.
The former Freiburg man claimed that even Ghanaian players who identified as citizens of the country switched ties due to these practices.
“Then the usual unending speculations, especially about Ghanaian players using ‘juju’ to play football,” Tanko explained.
Even those (players in the diaspora) who were raised here and go to Europe to play there, most of them because of ‘juju’ don’t want to play for Ghana. It’s a very big problem we are trying to unravel and make right.”