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The Ghana Football Association is said to contact the parents of the Brighton and Hove Albion player, Tariq Lamptey. The 19 year old caught the attention of the FA after his impressive performance against Chelsea in the English Premier League on Monday, September 14, 2020.
Tariq, in terms of national duty is currently play for England’s Under 20 national team. He has played for the main national team of England yet which gives the Ghanaian FA a chance to convince his parents to allow him play for Ghana. Tariq Lamptey was born to Ghanaian parents in London.
Speaking on Nhyira FM in Kumasi, one of the Executive Council member, George Amoakoh said “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. “It is not going to be easy [to get him to switch international allegiance]. The national teams 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 its 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.” he also said.
Tariq Lamptey is not the only player the FA is chasing after. There is also Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah, Anderlecht duo Francis Amuzu (Belgium) and Derrick Luckassen (Netherlands), Brian Brobbey of Ajax Amsterdam (Netherlands), Gent’s Elisha Owusu (France), Strasbourg defender Alexander Djiku (France) and Enock Kwateng of Bordeaux (France).
Source: Ghana Waves