Dutch footballer of Ghanaian descent, George Boateng has said he does not regret playing for Ghana but believes he has a soft spot for the country and made an effort to play for the Black Stars but the opportunity never presented itself.
George Boateng chose to represent the Netherlands at international level, earning four caps in total for the Dutch team.
“I don’t have any regrets in my playing career, the reason why I never played for Ghana is simple, I left here too young and I naturalized for the Netherlands at about age 8 and everything became completely Dutch.
” Its’ so unfortunate I never played for Ghana.
“When I was playing football, I played for the Netherlands at the U21 level and Ghana never came, when I made the headlines it was a great feeling but my heart is here. I was born here...I'm very much proud as Ghanaian,” he said.
According to George Boateng, when he made the headlines for the Netherlands, Ghana never came and he was not known but he would have played for Ghana if they had made any approach.
“Ghana never came and so after playing the junior team for Holland, they quickly took me to the senior team and that was too late.
"I couldn’t have called Ghana to come for me? I certainly don’t have to do that rather the country should have known better.
I was playing for Feyenoord and I was doing great things.
“But it is what it is, I have had a great football career and very proud,” he said.
According to George Boateng he is looking forward to taking up the coaching job of the Black Stars oneday if the opportunity presents itself.
The Ghanaian-born completed his coaching badges in Ireland and currently the technical director of Kelantan FA playing in Malaysia Super League since he is into management.
Source: Romeo Oduro/Peacefmonline.com/Ghana
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