Majority of Ghanaians are opposed to AC Milan star Kevin Prince Boateng returning to the Black Stars, a GHANAsoccernet.com survey has shown.
83% of Ghanaians interviewed by this website are not keen on the former German youth midfielder’s expected return to the national team.
The Germany-born star shocked Ghanaians last November by retiring from the Black Stars citing health reasons, just over one year after switching nationality to play for the country of his father.
Several attempts to persuade him to return to the Black Stars failed with Boateng rejecting visits from Ghana officials in Milan in March.
Ghana FA chief Kwesi Nyantakyi also travelled to Milan to convince to rescind his decision but the erratic player stood his ground.
Now his midfielder’s closest friend Andre Dede Ayew has revealed that Boateng wants to the return to the Black Stars.
A survey conducted among 500 Ghanaians both male and female has shown that very few people are interested in his return.
83% of the respondents say he should not be accepted while 7% says he should be accepted with conditions.
The rest of the respondents think he would be an important addition to the Black Stars ahead of important international competitions such as the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations and 2014 World Cup.
Those who are opposed to Boateng’s return feel cheated over the way the midfielder treated Ghana as his career was going nowhere before he switched nationality to play for the Black Stars at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa .
Ghana’s performance in the tournament helped him to secure a lucrative move to AC Milan from relegated English side Portsmouth.
After twice rejecting the offer to return to the national team many Ghanaians are fed up with Boateng’s antics with some suspecting that with the 2014 World Cup around the corner, he is keen on returning for international fame.
“We don’t want Kevin Boateng back. The midfield is choked up. Very soon, our great Dede may not even be in the team, Nana Tuffuor wrote on Ghanaweb.
“We are having problems at the right back. Maybe we can train him to play defence.
Others also held similar views in their comments on the internet.
“The World Cup is just around the corner, Why NOT,” Jato asked sarcastically.
“We should not forget about Our Locals, add value to their talent and make them World Stars.
Kojo said: “WHY NOT? HE ONLY WANTS TO PLAY FOR GHANA AT THE WORLD CUP WHERE THE WORLD’S BEST ASSEMBLE.
“BUT TO HELL WITH CAF TOURNAMENTS. LET’S BE SMART TO KICK HIM OUT.”
Kwesi Agyemang added that “KPB can go to hell and play his heart out for a standing ovation. We are just okay without him and are a proud and happy country.”