Kevin-Prince Boateng reveals he was begged to play for Ghana after his Black Stars retirement
Schalke midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng has revealed that he only returned to play for Ghana last year after his international retirement because the country’s federation president travelled to Europe to beg him to play for the Black Stars.
The revelation will anger critics of the Germany-born player who had worked against the return of Boateng to the Black Stars claiming he had used the country to gain international prominence at the 2010 World Cup and the big move to AC Milan.
Boateng – who only returned to the Black Stars’ set-up last year having retired from international football after the last World Cup – subsequently moved to Schalke.
Ghana FA president Kwesi Nyantakyi travelled to Italy last year to convince the player to return to the Black Stars but he now says he was begged to play for the country.
But Boateng was booted out of Ghana’s World Cup camp last week for verbal insults on Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah.
Boateng says he only agreed to return to the Black Stars because the Ghana FA president Kwesi Nyantakyi promised him that conditions in the team like hotel and travel would be much better.
In an interview with newspaper Bild published on Sunday, he accuses the GFA of having failed to live up to promises it made to him before the tournament which made him return.
“The GFA president visited me in Milan begging me to play for Ghana again. He gave me his word that we would have better travel, better organisation and preparation.
“He has not kept his word. In the end I was just still dissatisfied.”
Ghanaian fans were angry when Boateng retired from the Black Stars few months after switching nationality from Germany to Ghana and played at the World Cup which helped him to gain the move to AC Milan.