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Last Updated: Tuesday, 6 November 2007, 14:49 GMT
Norwegian keeper opts for Ghana
Ibrahim Sannie
BBC Sport

Adam Kwarasey Larsen
Kwarasey has turned down invitations to play for Norway

Goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey Larsen has opted to play international football for Ghana instead of his country of birth, Norway.

The 19-year-old, who plays for top Norway side Stromgodset, has turned down invitations to play for the European country's under-20 side.

Kwarasey, whose father hails from Navrongo in the Upper East region of Ghana, says he turned down the opportunity to play for Norway because he prefers the West African country.

"It is true that my mum is a Norwegian but it has always being a dream for me to play in the colours of Ghana," Kwarasey told BBC Sport.

"Even though I have not received a call-up from Ghana so far, I am patient and will wait for the opportunity.

"I went to Ghana some years ago as a kid and after playing with the other kids there I resolved to play for my fatherland.

"I watch the matches of the Ghana national teams and I think the style of play is attractive and will also enhance my career.

"I thank Norway for giving me the opportunity to develop my talent but Ghana is the choice for me."

I thank Norway for giving me the opportunity to develop my talent but Ghana is the choice for me

Adam Kwarasey Larsen

The highly rated youngster is hoping that his height will gain him a place in Ghana's squad for future matches.

At 6ft 4in, Kwarasey is literally head and shoulders above Black Stars regulars Richard Kingston and Sammy Adjei, who average 5ft 8in.

Meanwhile, the Ghanaian has warned Norway international Espen Johnsen that he expects to be Stromgodset's first-choice goalkeeper next season.

Kwarasey managed five league appearances for his club for the just ended season with Johnsen playing in 21 matches.

He said: "I have a lot of respect for Johnsen's achievements with the Norway national team and his experience in the game.

"Johnsen is loan from Champions League side Rosenborg and it is likely he will to return before the start of the season.

"Even if he stays, I want to be the first choice keeper. My message is clear - I'm ready to fight."


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