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England youth midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong cleared by FIFA to play for Ghana

Emmanuel Frimpong in action for Arsenal in the Emirates Cup

Ex-England youth international midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong says he has been cleared by world football governing body FIFA to play for Ghana.

The revelation is a massive boost for the Black Stars with just about seven weeks before the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa.

The 20-year-old, who is on loan at English side Charlton, applied to FIFA last year to enable him switch nationality to play for his country of birth.

His switch became a long drawn-out saga until last month when the Northern Irish FA supplied the remaining documents for his change of allegiance to be ratified.

GHANASoccernet.com exclusively reported on Tuesday reported that FIFA was set to ratify his nationality switch after submitting all the documents required for the ex-England youth to its Player Status Committee for its endorsement.

Now the player has confirmed that FIFA has approved the switch to enable him play for the Black Stars saying he is delighted by the chance to play for his country.

Its official Frimpong can now play for the Ghana Black Stars. Finally soo happy,” Frimpong said on his official Twitter page.

This means the 20-year-old midfielder is available for coach Kwesi Appiah to name him in his squad for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa.

Frimpong had played for the English U-16 and U-17 teams.

He recently returned to full fitness after recovering from a serious knee injury last term while on loan at Wolves in February.

Arsenal have sent him out on loan to Charlton for him to get more playing time and he made his debut at the weekend.

READERS COMMENTS

  1. yaw2 says:

    Great news for Ghana.Now Annan,D.Boateng,John Mensah and Essien can retired from the national team Ghana have their rplacement.

    • Fred B. Kyeremeh says:

      I do not agree with you on that. It is a fact that some of the names you mentioned are gradually facing out.I however do not think they should retire hurriedly as you want.Anthony Annan and Derek Boateng still have a lot to offer out team.I do not think that Frimpong is ready to step into the big shoes of those whose retirement you are calling for.On a good day,I do not think he has the quality to oust any of these players from the team.He is a budding talent,but I do not believe he is tried and tested enough to come good on the big stage like the AFCON. He will need the guidance of the experienced players to make it in the GH team.Let us not be in a hurry to throw away our tried and tested jewels just because Frimpong has switched nationality.He is a great talent,but in my opinion,not good enough to command a starting place in our team now.He can be added to the squad gradually to mingle with his team mates.He is one for the future and will have to wait for his time.I do not think he can be an automatic choice for the team,unless the coaches want to cap him now for our future benefit.Let us reduce our expectations of him,he is just like any other talented midfielder even in our local game,but only blessed to be where he is now.He has not proven himself enough even in his club to warrant a place now.He should be drafted into the scheme of things gradually to get the best out of him.Probably after playing some games at Charlton to get his match fitness back.It is good news though for Ghana,but obviously not the best news ever.That is my opinion

  2. mojahadine says:

    I guess one day all the 11 Black Star players will be. crammed at the midfield

  3. selfmade says:

    Yea great news and as i said early,now i can celebrate with cognac!! Finally, something good has come out from fifa!! He now has to be serious and stop twittering and facebook shit!!! Viva the revolutionciooooooo!!!

  4. Ansong says:

    This kumasi coach has no clue how to blend these talents to help Ghana win cups…he is a joke.wise up*

    • ASARE says:

      Is it wrong at all for a coach to be a native of kumasi ? Are coaches from kumasi also not Ghanaians as any other coaches in Ghana? If they are not performing they need to be fired as done to others but not because of where they come from. PLEASE WISE UP from divisive comments because it distroys a nation.

  5. real sabacious says:

    who told u Annan is 26?u no see say he get wrinkles for him face?the guy loss form.he started for osasuna today in their copa dey match but he was just a waste.its time to look into the future and build a team instead of trying to face reality.derek,john mensah,paintsil,and annan are all dead horses.in 2-3yrs sulley,gyan and essien will follow suite.congrat to the DENCH GUY!

  6. D LIGHT says:

    The defensive midfielders are too many- Annan, Badu, Muntari, Kojo Asamoah, d.boateng, Acquah, Essien, Rabui, Wakasu n etc…. ANYWAY, he & Wakasu are the dream pair for the LDM & RDM. They r both Box-to-Box, Combative, Strong, Fearless & Hardworking. They r blessed wit excellent passing skills but r always red-card suspects due to their robust nature; They can put the fear of God in any player. They together wit a potent CAM wld form a Perfect Triangle. The invitation of Quincy on the Right n Atsu on the Left wit JORDAN or YIADOM upfront wld make the BS a team to Beat. AA sld trim the numbers of Defensive Midfielders. We nid Wingers n Midfield Orchestrators!

    • Jaja says:

      Well frankly we don’t have so many topclass defensive midfielders.
      - Muntari is a CM
      - K. Asamoah is a CM/Left winger.
      - Please d. Boateng hasn’t played a match this season with dnipro. this made him out of form and very sloppy these days.
      - And then there’s Annan, who apart from some cup-matches is a benchwarmer for Osasuna. He’s good quality but not in form either.

      So we’re left with:
      - Acquah, who’s 20 and is in form. He plays regularly for Parma.
      - Wakaso, who’s 22 and is in form. He plays regularly for Espanyol.

      If AA can integrate one of the latter two, we have a defender that can last for more than 10 years!

  7. real sabacious says:

    ask again prime!anyway he played 90mins in their 1-0 win on monday.he is good when it comes to defending but bad passer of the ball.if he can work on that short coming,i see him been one of the best defensive midfielders in the world.

  8. GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:

    HE IS NOT EVEN AN ARENAL STARTER OR BENCH WARMER. HE HAS BEEN LOANED TO PLAY IN DIV 1. WE R GOING TO AFCON…WHICH IS BUGA BUGA. WHY WE LOVE TO CRUCIFY YOUNG, UP AND COMING PLAYERS BEATS ME. WE DID THE SAME WITH TAKYI, ADOMA, JORDAN AYEW, AND NOW THIS GUY. IF I WERE AA, I WOULDNT EVEN INVITE THE GUY. IM SURE HE HAS BRIBED NYANATKYI SO HE WILL GET A SPOT ON THE SQUAD. HOWEVER I DOUBT HE WILL SUCCEED. IF WE FAIL TO WIN THE AFCON TROPHY. HMM. AA AND NYANATKYI SHOULD STAY IN SOUTH AFRICA. WE DONT WANT TO SEE THEIR SHADOW AT KOTOKA

  9. D LIGHT says:

    @Jaja, Muntari’s resurgence to form at Milan was as a result of Allegri’s decision to Make him a Defensive Midfielder. His pace and trickery over the years diminished as a Winger and neither has he got the sharpness, Finesse & quick-thinking to b a CAM. The reason Allegri capitalised on his power and his well-timed tackling ability to partner him wit Van Bommel to form the defensive shield last season.
    For K. Asamoah, don’t be decieved by his free runs down d Left-flank of Juventus to think he is a Winger! Juve plays a 3 man reaguard
    (3man-defence) and without real Wingers both at the Left & Right. so Kojo who is the Left-Midfielder (LM) fills the Left-Back (LB) position when defending and also attacks as a LB…cos he does is to beat and cross or pull out. Lichstiener who is the RB for juve also das the same on the Right. They dont play wingers so the Full-backs das most of the crossing. Wat kojo das is not different frm wat Bastos, Marcelo, Ashley Cole n etc das for the respective clubs. He is a LM cam LB and not LW. He only open wide for a pass and cross like most full-backs. Dat is why Juve is planning to swoop Pablo Armero when Kojo leaves in January For the Afcon. BUT Armero is an Attacking LB!

  10. RYT HAND says:

    FRIMPONG HAS TO WAIT,PROBABLY FOR WC 2014

  11. Desmond says:

    DID AA SAY HE IS NOT GOING TO CALL JORDAN???

  12. One Andy says:

    Gentle men just give the player a chance to blend into the team.If you continue with your insults it wont be long before you turn this boy into another KPB and im sure none of you would like such a thing to happen. let your coach asses him and decide. He has done what other Africans in the diaspora have failed to do.He needs your support to mature into a good footballer who will represent Ghana and Africa as a whole

  13. kwame pito says:

    Welcome home frimpong a.k.a DENCH. your best is yet to come. kudos

  14. Sergeant says:

    AA should invite Frimpong after AFCON to replace Derek Boateng in the team SINCE 2013 will be the last AFCON for Derek.

  15. access says:

    AA must have Muntari,Quincy,Wakaso,A.Ayew,Gyan,K.Asamoah,Atsu,Boye,Vosarh,Jonatnan Mensah and Kwerasey in Ghana sqad if he want to will AFCON2013.John Mensah,Painstsil.Dereck Boateng,Annan and Lee Addy are dead horses.