Italian-born Ghanaian striker expressed interest to play for Ghana


The 23-year-old spent last season on loan at Albanian side Partizani Tirana from Italian outfit Chievo Verona and plundered in 17 goals to help the club secure second spot.

Ekuban, who completed a three-year deal to English Championship side Leeds United last week, has declared his intentions to represent the four-time Africa champions instead of Gli Azzuri.

The former Lumezzane hitman disclosed that playing for Ghana would be fulfilling dream for his grandfather and his parents, Rev. Kobina and Sabina Ekuban.

“When it comes to nationality [and national team], my grandfather told me that if I go and play for the Italian national team, I cannot come back to the house,” Ekuban told his club’s website.

“So you know what the answer is. I have chosen Ghana over Italy,” he added.

Ekuban also admitted that he is expecting a tough season with his new side and believes the English second-tier is tougher than the Albanian top-flight.

“It will be quite different for me here. The Championship is a tough league, tougher than Albania. I know that. I think that even Serie A players in Italy can find it quite difficult in the Championship but I’ll know better about it when I start playing. I think I can do well,” he said.

“Let’s just say that I’m not afraid. I know that the Championship is a strong league but I’m strong too. If I get the rhythm I don’t think I’ll suffer physically.

“I’m a kind of player that likes moving. I like to attack the space,” he added.

If he lands a chance, Ekuban would be following in the footsteps of the likes of Quincy Owusu-Abayie, Hans Sarpei, Otto Addo and Kevin-Prince Boateng, who were born in Europe but represented the Black Stars.



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