Ex-Ghana star Derek Boateng advise against over-reliance on diaspora players in Black Stars

Published on: 31 March 2023

Former Ghana international Derek Boateng is unhappy about the over-reliance on diaspora players in the Black Stars.

At least five top players born in Europe to Ghanaian parents committed their international future to the four-time African champions last year.

Brighton defender Tariq Lamptey, Athletic Bilbao forward Inaki Williams and three German-born players - Stephen Ambrosius, Ransford-Yeboah Konigsdorffer and Patric Pfeiffer all switched allegiance to the West African nation.

Meanwhile, Williams, who plays for Athletic Bilbao, is yet to score his first goal for the Black Stars after seven matches in the Ghana jersey and Ghanaians are gradually losing faith in him.

In an interview, Derek Boateng was of the opinion Inaki Williams will need time to settle in the Black Stars and has advised against depending on diaspora players.

“I think Inaki Williams and other players who switched nationality don’t really understand Africa, they don’t know what is going on here, our style and others. So, I think Inaki needs time but ask yourself if we can be patience with him”

“To me, we shouldn’t depend of those kind of players because they don’t understand our style” he said.