AC Milan star Kevin-Prince Boateng has written to the Ghana FA to confirm his decision to return to the Black Stars.
The 26-year-old shocked the whole world in November 2011 when he announced his premature retirement from international football.
Efforts were made to have the former Portsmouth man rescind his decision which has now paid off with his confirmed return.
GHANAsoccernet.com assesses FIVE reasons for the change of mind of the elegant midfielder.
1. Dip in form at club level- Boateng’s individual statistics especially in the last season suggests of a declining form. He played 26 games for in his first season at Milan – on the back of an impressive World Cup performance for Ghana.
It was however his second season that catapulted him as a class act even though he played fewer games – owing his absence to injuries but ended up scoring five goals.
The following season was thus to be crucial to confirm his previous season was no fluke. It was however during this period that the combative midfielder suffered most. He played 10 more games than the previous season and scored a goal more but his average progressive stats clearly dropped.
Perhaps he now feels playing for Ghana will again boost his confidence to regain his ‘mojo’ at club level.
2. Injuries still persist: The former Tottenham Hotspurs player alluded combining playing for club and country had a toll on his health. This situation has however not changed, if anything, his injury situation has even worsened. This therefore renders his excuse moot and leaves us wondering at the real reason why he is returning with respect to his health.
3. Alienation- Boateng is at Milanello to train alone or handed even more time to spend with his celebrity girlfriend whenever international matches comes around.
Ninety percent of the players at Milan are regulars for their national teams. They return with interesting stories and very engaging discussions from their international camps. Boateng is unable to contribute to these discussions and no longer gets a business tickets (not that he cannot afford) to come and play for his nation. That excitement can never be underestimated and this was missing in the Ghanaian’s life.
4. Lack of International football affecting market value- If there is ever a doubt about the effect international football on a player’s career, then one should probably look at players like Boateng himself, Asamoah Gyan, Mubarak Wakaso and Mohammed Rabiu.
These players rode on the successes with the Black Stars to land dream moves with hefty price tags and lucrative personal wages.
Boateng is a player who will command an appreciable high price tag but this amount will certainly double if he was doing what he does best for the Black Stars.
5. Love for Ghana- You can say everything you want about the German-born Ghanaian but one undeniable fact is Boateng enjoyed playing for Ghana.