'We've had discussions' – GFA boss reveals plans to convince Hudson-Odoi to switch nationality to Ghana

The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has disclosed that talks have been held with Callum Hudson-Odoi to get him to play for the Black Stars.

'We've had discussions' – GFA boss reveals plans to convince Hudson-Odoi to switch nationality to Ghana

The Chelsea international has been in Ghana for the past week, sparking rumours of a possible nationality switch.

Hudson-Odoi has already featured three times for England but hasn’t been capped by the Three Lions in nearly two years.

Also, a change in FIFA’s rules mean the 20-year-old can still play for Ghana in 2022 if he changes his mind on which country he wants to represent.

Speaking on the subject, GFA President Kurt Okraku said he has already spoken to Hudson-Odoi in a bid to get him to play for Ghana.

I mean I spoke with Callum before he got to Ghana, and we promised to speak again when we meet in Ghana, we have met, we’ve had discussions that centred beyond playing for Ghana, and he has a crazy ambition of helping kids in Ghana and this is what excites me the most,” he told TV3.

“We are looking forward to working with Odoi and his family and many other players who are interested in representing their country.”

“We have a lot of them like that, we are talking to the technical team and the political authorities in getting them to play for Ghana.”

Hudson-Odoi has Ghanaian parents and his father, Bismark Odoi, played for Ghana Premier League giants Hearts of Oak in the 90s before relocating to England.

The winger visited President Nana Akufo-Addo last week at the Jubilee House, where the possibility of a nationality switch was discussed.

Meanwhile, the Chelsea star has refused to rule out the possibility of playing for Ghana in the future.

Asked about the possibility of switching nationality to play for the Black Stars while interacting with Chelsea supporters in Accra, he said anything was possible.

“I think obviously when you’re young, you have the opportunity to play for England throughout all the years, from under 15 to under 16 all the way up,” Hudson-Odoi said.

“When they obviously gave me the opportunity to come I was in the country already. It’s something that I already had in my mind, set on already playing for England.”

“So it was the thing obviously choosing Ghana or England, and at the end of the day I said I always had the right people around me who always advise me – what’s right, what’s wrong.

“England came and I said yeah, let me go and play for my country. But I said Ghana is my home as well, so we’ll see, we’ll see. You’ll never know. Anything can happen,” he added.

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