Ghana have been handed a massive boost just weeks before the Africa Cup of Nations as FIFA is on the verge of ratifying Emmanuel Frimpong’s nationality switch to enable him play for the Black Stars, GHANAsoccernet.com can exclusively reveal.
The world governing body has submitted all the documents required for the ex-England youth international’s switch to be approved its Player Status Committee for its endorsement.
This means the on-loan Charlton midfielder could be cleared in time to play for the Black Stars at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations which starts in South Africa on 19 January.
This comes after the Northern Ireland FA submitted its letter to the football’s world governing body confirming that Frimpong has not played for the country at senior level.
The England FA, Scotland FA and Wales FA had all provided documents confirming that Frimpong has not played for them at senior level but the Northern Ireland FA delayed in providing its document, stalling the midfielder’s quest to play for the country of his parents.
With the last letter confirming that he has not played for any of the countries in the Great Britain, FIFA says the department responsible for ratifying nationality switches is now considering the matter.
”Regarding the request for change of association concerning the player Emmanuel Frimpong, FIFA received further documentation from the Ghana Football Association in reply to our letter of 1 November 2012,” FIFA exclusively told GHANAsoccernet.com.
”The FIFA legal services are currently examining the entire paperwork in order to prepare a complete and comprehensive file for consideration by the competent deciding authority.”
The 20-year-old had documents presented to FIFA to facilitate his switch in order to play for the Black Stars about a year ago.
Frimpong who had played for the English U-16 and U-17 teams is on the fringes of making his full return to active first team action after recovering from a serious knee injury last term while on loan at Wolves.
Arsenal have sent him out on loan to Charlton for him to get more playing time.
He is deemed by many as a vital addition to Ghana’s solid midfield for the Nations Cup provided he gets the all clear from FIFA.