The Ghana Football Association has revealed that there was no ulterior motive behind their congratulatory message to Arsenal youngster Eddie Nketiah.
There were a lot of reactions from Ghanaians after the GFA’s official Twitter handle congratulated Nketiah for winning the FA Cup with Arsenal on August 1, 2020, at Wembley.
Arsenal beat London rival, Chelsea, 2-1 to win their 14th FA Cup.
Ghanaians on social media interpreted the GFA’s tweet as an attempt to convince Nketiah, who was born in London to Ghanaian parents, to play for Ghana.
The 21-year-old currently plays for England at youth level, but is eligible to play for Ghana since he has not featured for the England senior national team yet.
Clarifying the matter, Communications Director for the GFA, Henry Asante Twum says the tweet was merely meant to bring awareness from which a future relationship can be built.
“All his parents are from Ghana and he [Nketiah] has represented England in all youth competitions,” he told Citi Sports.
“He has won two trophies this season, that is with Leeds United in the Championship and then with Arsenal, so we congratulated him on twitter for his achievement. He also responded to our tweet to show his appreciation.”
Henry Asante Twum added: “It is not far-fetched to strategically congratulate him to let him know that eyes are watching… Contacting his family has not come up yet.”
“When the process begins the media will be updated… That move cannot be made without the input of technical handlers. Where we sit nothing of the sort has come to our table.” he said.
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