Former Middlesbrough midfielder George Boateng has explained why he never wore the Black Stars jersey.
According to him, the GFA never approached him to come and play for Ghana despite being eligible.
Boateng, 44, was born in Ghana but moved to the Netherlands as a child to live with his father. He joined the Feyenoord academy and played for the Holland U-18 teams.
But it wasn’t until he turned 25 that he made his full international debut for the Dutch national team and says the 7-year gap was a window the GFA missed to convince him to switch to Ghana.
“As a young star, when I made my debut in the Feyenoord first team, nobody in the GFA ever came to me or sent a letter to express their interest, to say George Boateng is one of our players, he was born in Ghana, he is eligible to play for us.
“Can we please ask him or invite him for a game? “Such a thing never took place.
“When I was 18 and I debuted, the Dutch national team did that, they invited me to come and play for the under-18 team, which I did, he said on The Tracker on Citi TV.
“The player is not the one who is supposed to make the initial approach to the GFA, to ask if I can play for the team,that is the unorthodox way.
“The professional way is that the federation will send an invite because it is supposed to be an honor for you to be invited to play for your country.
“So in that seven years, I could have made my mind up and played for Ghana,” he concluded.
After a fine spell at Feyenoord, Boateng joined then Premier League side Coventry City in 1998.
The midfielder spent just one season with the Sky Blues before moving to Aston Villa, from where he joined Middlesbrough.
He spent six years with Boro, who would hand him the captain’s armband in his fourth year in 2006.
Two years later, he left Riverside Stadium for Hull City where he played from 2008 to 2010.
He since went on to represent Skoda Xanthi in Greece, English lower division fold Nottingham Forest and Terengganu II in Malaysia.