Loyalty K.P Boateng and six other footballers who chose Ghana over Europe

Pulse Sports' top picks of players who could have featured for European countries, but chose Ghana

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Anthony Baffoe

 

Baffoe was born in Bonn, then the capital of West Germany, in 1965 to Ghanaian parents.

After spending his early career at German clubs such as FC Koln and Fortuna Dusseldorf, the central defender was eligible to play for the high profile West German national team, but in the end chose to play for Ghana, joining the team in 1991.

Baffoe was the first foreign-born player to play for the Black Stars.

He was an integral part of the side that finished second at the 1992 Africa Cup of Nations in Senegal, even missing a crucial kick in a marathon penalty shootout with the Ivory Coast in the final.

He also played at the 1994 edition in Tunisia.

Kevin Prince Boateng

 

Boateng was born in Berlin, Germany to a German mother and Ghanaian father. As a youth player, he featured for the German U-19, U-20 and U-21 national sides.

The Ghana Football Association first made an attempt to secure Boateng ahead of the 2006 World Cup, but it wasn't until May 2010 - a year after FIFA relaxed its international switch rules - that he received his Ghanaian passport.

Boateng played at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, before announcing a shock international retirement a year afterwards, saying the demands of club and international football were taking a toll on his health.

He would however rescind his decision just in time for the 2014 World Cup. His return would be cut short after his sacking from camp on charges of verbally abusing Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah. He was since suspended from the team indefinitely and has not apologized.

Quincy Owusu Abeyie

 

Born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Abeyie represented the Dutch at the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship before switching his allegiance to represent Ghana in 2007.

He played at the 2008 Africa Nations Cup hosted in Ghana as well as the 2010 World Cup played in South Africa.

The speedster has 18 Ghana caps with two goals. His last call-up was in 2011, six years ago.

Emmanuel Frimpong

 

Frimpong's case was an interesting one. He was born in Kumasi, Ghana, and moved to the U.K at a young age.

He excelled as a youth player and represented England's U-16 and U-17s.

He made it clear right from the onset that it was his wish to represent the country of his birth, despite being eligible - and indeed, having high chances - of playing for England.

"No matter what, I will always play for Ghana because at the end of the day, from what I believe, I am a Ghanaian," he said in 2009.

"I have always told my family that if Ghana calls me, I will personally ride my own bicycle from England to Ghana [to play for the Black Stars]," he reiterated in 2011.

In November 2012, he was finally cleared to represent Ghana.

Jeffrey Schlupp

 

Although born in Hamburg, Germany, Schlupp grew up in England, where his family - consisting of Ghanaian parents - moved to when he was young.

The 24-year-old was eligible to play for Germany - he was in fact once called up for their U-19 side, although he did not feature - but he chose to play for Ghana, and earned his first cap in 2011.

Kwesi Appiah

 

Appiah was born in Thamesmead, London, and was eligible to play for England - but he chose to play for the West African nation, the motherland of his parents.

The 26-year-old striker was called up ahead of Ghana's campaign at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea and ended up featuring and scoring at the tournament, winning silver medals with the Black Stars.

Jordan Ayew

 

The youngest Ayew brother qualifies for this list because of his country of birth.

Ayew was born France, when his legendary father Abedi Ayew was playing for Marseille, and so was eligible to play for the French national team if he wanted to.

But the 25-year-old, admittedly, was never going to wear a Les Bleus shirt considering his father's rich history with the Black Stars.

He won his first Ghana cap in 2010 and has since scored 12 goals in over 40 caps.

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