Inaki Williams confirms nationality switch to Ghana

BY: Bernard Neequaye
Inaki Williams
Inaki Williams

Athletic Bilbao forward Inaki Williams has announced his intentions to represent Ghana at international stage ahead of the FIFA World Cup in Qatar in November.

In a video released on his Twitter account on Tuesday afternoon, Williams announced his intention to play for Ghana.

“Every step we take forward has its own meaning. An evolution. A glance into the future which leaves a trace itself. A legacy. My parents have raised me with values based on humility, respect and love,” he said.

“They have taught me to embrace life. In that constant quest to continue growing and working upon the pursuit of evolving personally and professionally as an individual.

“That's why I feel the moment has come for me to find my origins within myself and with Africa and Ghana which means so much to me and my family. I want to return a small part of everything it has given to us because Ghana has played a significant part of becoming who I am as a person, as a son and as a brother.”

“Today a new challenge begins. From now on, I will defend Ghana's T-shirt with all my will whilst I give my best. I'm one of the Black Stars.”

Williams, 28, was born to Ghanaian parents who emigrated across the Sahara desert to reach Spain and ended up raising Inaki and his brother Nico in the Basque country.

He was capped in a friendly match for Spain under Vicente del Bosque back in 2016, earning a single 30-minute cameo against Bosnia in a 3-1 victory. However, Williams is allowed to switch his allegiance as it was only a friendly.

The move confirms Williams availability for the Black Stars which is currently managed by Otto Addo.