Genoa center-forward Kelvin Yeboah has explained why he snubbed Ghana to play for Italy.
Kelvin Yeboah, who’s the nephew of former Ghanaian legend, Tony Yeboah was born in Accra but grew up in Italy, making him eligible to represent Ghana and Italy.
In October 2021, then Head Coach of the Black Stars CK Akonnor handed a call-up to the youngster to the Ghana national team for the FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Ethiopia and South Africa.
However, the budding forward failed to honor the call-up and instead honored a call-up to the Italy U-21 team.
According to Yeboah, he failed to honor the call-up from Ghana because he feels Italian.
“I arrived in Italy when I was two, I grew up in Italy and I feel Italian. I started playing in the youth sectors of Novara and Gozzano, then I went to London, to West Ham. From there I decided to move to Austria, to start from the Austrian Serie B to go up more and more. Now the Genoa challenge, challenging and fascinating. We need the right energy,” he said as quoted by Calcionews24.
Kelvin Yeboah after impressive displays with Austrian fold Sturm Graz joined Genoa for a few reported to be around €6.5m.
Despite turning down a call-up from Ghana, Kelvin Yeboah is still eligible to play for Ghana and it’s likely the Ghana Football Association (GFA) will make attempts to play for Ghana.