Prez. Akufo-Addo charges Sports Minister to explore possibility of Chelsea star Callum Hudson-Odoi playing for Ghana

Published on: 07 June 2021

Ghana President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has tasked the Youth and Sports Minister to commence process for Callum Hudson Odoi for a possible nationality switch to represent the West African nation at the senior level.

The Chelsea winger is an English-born of Ghanaian descent paid a courtesy call to the Ghana's Presidency on Monday.

Hudson-Odoi visited President Nana Addo at the Jubilee House with his family members and the Minister of Youth and Sports, Mustapha Ussif.

The 20-year-old arrived in the West African country last week Wednesday.

A statement from the Presidency, [Jubilee House] reads, "On Monday, 7th June 2021, Ghanaian-born Chelsea footballer, Callum Hudson-Odoi, paid a courtesy call on me at Jubilee House, the seat of our nation's presidency."

"Amongst others, I urged the Minister for Youth and Sports to explore the possibility of having Callum switch nationality, and play for the Black Stars."

The 20-year-old has been a long-term target of the Ghana Football Association to consider a nationality switch despite capping three times for England at the senior level.

Despite playing for England’s U16, U17, U18, U19, U21 and senior teams, Hudson-Odoi can still choose to play for Ghana per the new FIFA eligibility rules.

Hudson-Odoi was born to Ghanaian parents in London, his dad Bismark Odoi featured for Ghana Premier League giants Hearts of Oak.

He managed to score two goals in Chelsea's UEFA Champions League campaign this season despite not tasting a minute in the final game against Manchester City last Saturday.

In all competitions, Hudson-Odoi made 32 appearances for the London based club where he managed to score four goals with three assists in the just-ended season.