The President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) Kurt Okraku and the Minister of Youth and Sports, Hon. Mustapha Ussif have held a meeting with Chelsea winger Hudson Odoi amidst nationality switch.
The meeting comes in after the President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwah Akuffo Addo implored the Minister of Youth and Sports to explore the possibility of having the player represent the Ghana national team.
“The Minister for Youth and Sports, Hon Mustapha Ussif on Tuesday June 8, 2021 received Ghanaian born Chelsea footballer, Callum Hudson-Odoi in his office following the player’s visit to H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo,” the Ministry of Youth and Sports wrote on Facebook.
“The Minister was in the company of the President and Vice President of the Ghana Football Association, Mr. Kurt Okraku and Mr. Mark Addo and had fruitful deliberations.
“Following their discussions the Chelsea player stated that it was a great feeling to come back home to Ghana to give back to his motherland.
“He noted that he would like to collaborate with the government to provide sports infrastructure to the youth of the country to help enhance their dreams by achieving the highest as far as their football career is concerned.
“The Minister expressed delight for the decision of the footballer to think deeply about his motherland and assured of his utmost support to him to ensure his vision of giving to society is achieved.
“The President of the GFA also noted that his outfit will be very supportive to his course to ensure that the youth of the country find their way up the ladder of their career adding that the country has produced quality players and would not hesitate to accept him into the national team once he makes up his mind to play for Ghana,” the post on Facebook ended.
Odoi was born in England to Ghanaian parents Mr. and Mrs. Odoi is eligible to play for Ghana.
His elder brother Bradley Hudson-Odoi played for Ghana at U20 level while his father Bismark featured for Ghana Premier League fold Hearts of Oak before leaving for England.
Despite representing England at different Youth levels and making 3 appearances for the England senior national team, Odoi can switch nationality due to FIFA’s new eligibility rules.
The rule states that a player can switch nationality if he has played no more than three competitive matches at senior level prior to them turning 21.
Odoi recently won the UEFA Champions League with Chelsea, becoming the youngest player to win the UEFA Champions league and the Europa League.