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Francis Amuzu: Anderlecht star switches nationality from Belgium to Ghana

Anderlecht winger Francis Amuzu is said to have successfully switched nationality from Belgium to play for Ghana.

Francis Amuzu: Anderlecht star switches nationality from Belgium to Ghana

The 23-year-old was born in Accra but moved to Belgium at a young age, starting his football career in the European country.

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Amuzu has risen through the ranks at Anderlecht and also played for Belgium’s U19s and U21s from 2017 to 2020.

Despite being handed his first senior call-up in September 2022 for Belgium’s Nations League matches against Wales and the Netherlands, he didn’t feature in those games.

3Sports reports that the skilful winger has since completed a nationality switch to make him eligible to represent Ghana.

“The motivation behind this decision is that I deem it an obligation to play for my mother country since my parents are Ghanaian,” the player is quoted as saying in a letter.

Amuzu’s decision to play for Ghana marks a dramatic U-turn from his earlier stance that he only has eyes for Belgium.

In a 2022 interview with Het Nieuwsblad, he said: “They call my agent every day, but I keep it off. Look, I was born in Ghana and when I’m there, I feel at home there because of the African atmosphere.

"My sporty heart lies with Belgium. With Belgium you can go very far at such a World Cup, with Ghana there is a real chance that you will be out quickly.

“I have a career plan and we’ll see. I had hoped that I would already have more playing minutes at Anderlecht, but then I also have to show myself,” the Anderlecht winger added.

It remains to be seen whether the next Black Stars coach will fancy Amuzu as an addition to his squad.

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