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Princely Star?

By Ibrahim Sannie
BBC Fast Track

Kevin Prince Boateng
After apparently being grounded by Germany Boateng wants to pick himself up with Ghana's Black Stars

If Kevin Prince Boateng thinks he can just waltz his way into the Ghana team, he could not be more wrong.

The 22-year-old has chosen to play for the Black Stars ahead of Germany, the country of his birth.

But his decision comes at a time when the Black Stars are enjoying one of their finest ever moments.

Ghana are all but certain to qualify for the 2010 World Cup as they have a comfortable five-point lead at the top of Group D at the halfway stage.

It is precisely for this reason that Boateng's move is bound to generate mixed reaction from Ghana's highly critical media.

Some sections of the media are already dismissing him as an opportunist because he spurned an invitation to play for the Black Stars at the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

It'll be up to our coach to invite him once all the paper work is completed
Fred Pappoe, GFA vice-president

Although he appears to have chosen Ghana after seeing his chances of playing for Germany evaporate into thin air, the Ghana Football Association (GFA) is keen on the youngster voted Germany's best young player in 2006.

"We welcome Kevin with open arms. He has been in contact with us and as a son of the country we will make it possible for him to play for Ghana," Fred Pappoe, GFA vice-president told BBC Sport.

"It'll be up to our coach to invite him once all the paper work is completed."

Although Boateng is an exciting talent, he will find competition for midfield places intense, with the likes of Michael Essien, Sulley Muntari, captain Stephen Appiah, Laryea Kingston and Kwadwo Asamoah.

Such is the depth of talent at Ghana's disposal these days that former Dutch youth international Quincy Owusu Abeyie has fallen down the pecking order just one year after switching nationality.

While not fitting the archetypal ball-juggling image that Ghanaian football fans yearn for, Boateng's ability to play in defence could mark him out for coach Milovan Rajevac.

The Serbian's main headache with his current squad is lack of a permanent left-back and a suitable replacement for injury-prone central defenders John Mensah and Eric Addo.



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see also
Boateng leaves Spurs for Dortmund
11 Jan 09 |  Tottenham
McLeish weighs up Boateng deal
16 Sep 08 |  Birmingham
Rajevac seeks respect from media
23 Jun 09 |  African
Appiah backs new coach Rajevac
15 Aug 08 |  African


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