Ghana FA boss Kwasi Nyantakyi insists Derek Boateng will join the Black Stars team for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.
The 29-year-old is on the verge of sealing a move to Fulham as an escape route to his inactive club career at Ukrainian club FC Dnipro.
There are however rumours the English club have inserted a clause in the tabled offer preventing Boateng from joining the Ghana team for the Nations Cup in South Africa.
This has raised concerns over the diminishing quality in the provisional Black Stars squad following injuries to Yahaya Mohammed and Andre Ayew.
But the GFA boss is adamant Fulham cannot prevent the former Getafe player from joining the national team as it goes contrary to the FIFA regulations guiding its recognized competitions.
“I don’t know much about the Derek Boateng issue but there is no way the club can hinder the player from joining the Black Stars camp because the FIFA rule is very clear on it and is on our side,” he said.
Nyantakyi’s comments serve as reassurance to the numerous Ghanaians who fear the loss of Boateng to the Nations Cup will be a further blow to the gradually depleting side.
Ghana hopes to end a 31-year wait for an African title by the time the tournament kicks off on January 19.
The Black Stars are drawn in Group B which will be based in Port Elizabeth alongside Mali, Niger and DR Congo.