Vincent Owusu Appiah, uncle of Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah, has divulged that the player’s father is not ready to allow his son represent Ghana.
Eddie Nketiah, who represents England U21 and is of a Ghanaian descendant on Saturday played a key role as Arsenal defeated London rivals Chelsea 2-1 to win the FA cup for the 14th time in the club’s history.
After the triumph, the Ghana Football Association (GFA) took to it official twitter handle to congratulate Nketiah after he had posted a group photo of the Arsenal team celebrating the trophy.
Congratulations @EddieNketiah9 🙌🏾 https://t.co/kIzXiw9iyu
— Ghana Football Association (@ghanafaofficial) August 1, 2020
The congratulatory message which is believed by many to be a ploy by the Ghana FA to get the youngster to play for Ghana received different reactions, with many suggesting Nketiah should snub Ghana and feature for England.
Speaking in an interview with Wontumi radio, Vincent Owusu Appiah who happens to be the uncle of the England U-21 striker was quizzed if the youngster is really to represent Ghana.
“Eddie Nketiah’s father doesn’t want the boy to play for Ghana because of how some foreign players are treated”, he told Wontumi radio.
“The structures of Ghana football is not good, it’s part of the reasons why Eddie Nketiah’s father doesn’t want the boy to play for Ghana”.
“Eddie Nketiah’s main target is to settle in Arsenal, before he focuses on either playing for Black Stars or The Three Lions of England”, he added.
Vincent Owusu Appiah revealed Nketiah’s father has already been contacted by the current GFA president, Kurt Okraku over the availablty of the burgeoning forward.
“Kurt Okraku has contacted the father of Eddie Nketiah but the Father is not willing to let his son play for the Ghana Black Stars or even the Black Starlets of Ghana.”
He added that the GFA president will have to travel to London and have meeting with Nketiah’s father in order to convince him to play for Ghana.
“The GFA President Kurt Okraku should travel to London and have a meeting with the family and the player himself before I think an agreement can be reached.”
Eddie Nketiah has played for England at the U18, U19, U20 and U21 levels. He was part of the U21 team that won the Toulon Tournament in 2018.