England u21 international Eddie Nketiah could be eligible to play for Ghana from next week, according to a report from the country.
GHANASoccernet.com report that they understand three players will get full clearance from FIFA to play for Ghana by the end of the week, including Arsenal’s Eddie Nketiah and Brighton’s Tariq Lamptey.
Ghana coach Otto Addo has confirmed that they’ll have confirmation on the results of the nationality switching process next week, though he didn’t say which players might make the change.
“The time is limited,” Addo said. “First of all if you’ve played for another country, the process is long. But it is an open secret that we have talked to a lot of players and latest by next week, we will know who will have to join us.”
Ghana are heading to the World Cup later this year, after Thomas Partey scored the away goal that earned them a qualification win over Nigeria.
As it stands, Nketiah is unlikely to be at the event in Qatar, as he’s never received a senior call-up from England. But if he could switch nationalities in time, he might end up in the Ghana squad instead.
Nketiah has Ghanaian heritage and he’s reportedly already secured a Ghanaian passport. He told The Beautiful Game podcast recently that he’d make a decision at the end of the season.
“Once that’s finished (the club season) then I can really sit down with my family and have that kind of discussion,” Nketiah said.
“My parents are both Ghanaian. It’s a possibility. I am open to both, whether that’s playing for Ghana or England. I’m happy they’ve qualified for World Cup. I know players like Thomas [Partey] so I am happy for them.”