Former German international and of Ghanaian descendant Gerald Asamoah has stated that he has no regrets snubbing Ghana to play for Germany.
Asamoah, who was born in Mampong, Ghana moved to Germany at the age of 12. He became the first African-born black player to ever play for Germany. He represented the former World Champions at the World Cup in 2002 and in 2006.
Speaking in an interview with DW Sports, the 41-year-old stated that the his decision to play for Germany gave opportunities for other Black players to feature for the country.
“My first World Cup was in Japan-Korea, I was sitting on the bench and a photographer said, “what are you doing here?” I said I’m a player.
“People didn’t believe it. How can a black guy play for German? That was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made,” he said.
“Now you can see how many Black’s play for German team. Black people in German said, ” thank you for doing this,” and “now I’m accepted at the workplace.”
“I never knew it is so hard but after I took the decision, black people support me.”
Asamoah featured in 43 games for Germany and scored 6 times.