By Angu Lesley
Football Writer, kick442.com-Cameroon.
Retired German-born Ghanaian international Kevin Prince Boateng has revealed that he turn towards Ghana because he realized there was a limited chance for him to play for the senior national team of Germany.
The 33-year-old ‘journeyman’ was born in Germany but obtained a Ghanaian Sporting nationality through his Ghanaian father after featuring for the youth national teams for Germany.
Despite representing Germany at different youth national team, Boateng went on to play Ghana at senior international level.
The ex Tottenham midfielder won 15 caps for the Black Stars of Ghana.
His international career lasted just four years but he remains an important part of the country’s FIFA world cup history having joined the team just before their memorable 2010 FIFA world cup tournament in South Africa.
Despite his public show of love for country displayed through his passionate goal celebrations, the presence of a Tattoo of the map and name of the West African nation on his arm,he has come out to make comments which questions that love.
Speaking with France football legend Thierry Henry during an instragam chat he once again sounded controversial.
Hear him;”When you are young, even though I was born in German, you don’t really know who you are. So that’s why a lot of have a lot of questions. I didn’t feel German 100% and I didn’t feel Ghanaian 100%. I was always in the middle
“A time came when I started having the feelings that I couldn’t play for the German national team. It wasn’t so because of my qualities.There were particular aspects of mine that didn’t match with that of the German national team” He stated.
Boateng represented Germany at Under 21 category but didn’t have it going all smoothly.
The then 2007 Germany Under 21 coach coach Dieter Eilts vowed never to pick him again as investigations revealed he was a part of players who organized a curfew during a training camp in Toulon-France.
He later returned to the team and was picked for the 2009 Under-21 European championships. Strange enough on the eve of the event, he told German authorities he wasn’t keen on representing Germany again.
He later obtained FIFA clearance to represent Ghana and participated in the 2010 FIFA world cup in South Africa. The then AC Milan forward scored Ghana’s only goal in the round of 16 of that tournament as Ghana became just the third African nation to reach the quarter final of the global football jamboree.
The controversial former Schalke midfielder retired from international football in 2012 but returned a year later helped Ghana reach their third consecutive world cup tournament.
Unfortunately it was his last tournament for the West African nation.
The competition and his international career ended prematurely as he was sent home before their third group game against Portugal for insulting the then team manager James Kwesi Appiah.
He hasn’t been a part of the Black Stars picture since then but he still feels good about everything.
“I decided to play for Ghana and honestly it is one of the best of my career. To go home to see your roots and see a different culture and play two World Cups was amazing”: Boateng ended.
His elder brother, Jerome represented Germany at full international and had a successful career winning the 2014 FIFA world cup for Germany.
Kevin Prince Boateng’s latest comment is totally different from that of some dual nationals who always claim they had Super-attachment for the country they represented.
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