VENTURES AFRICA – The President of the Ghana Football Association, Mr. Kwesi Nyantakyi has confirmed the return of AC Milan midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng to the senior national team, the Black Stars.
Speaking in an interview with South African sports broadcaster, Supersport, Nyantakyi revealed that Boateng had already spoken to him and the head coach Kwasi Appiah about returning to the team.
“KP Boateng had confirmed to the coach and my good self that he was coming back to play. Let me confirm that before Kwesi Appiah selected his team for the Sudan game (in Kumasi) Kevin had told the coach and me that he was available for that game. Unfortunately, a week before that game, he picked up an injury during training with AC Milan but he told us that he would participate in the team’s games in June.”
The AC Milan midfielder announced his retirement from international football late 2011. At the time, a Ghana Football Association statement said “according to Kevin, the physical demands of playing for both club and country at high levels are taking a toll on his health”.
Having played for Ghana for 18 months, he said frequent injuries were behind the decision to retire.
An ex-Germany under-19 player, Boateng switched nationality from Germany to Ghana in 2010 to represent the Black Stars at the FIFA World Cup in South Africa.
Boateng was born in Germany to a Ghanaian father and a German mother. His junior brother, Boateng plays for the German National football team.
The GFA President also mentioned on the programme that the Black Stars management team and the players had also reacted with joy to the news that Andre and Jordan Ayew had rescinded their decisions to temporarily quit the Black Stars.
The Ayew Brothers announced their temporary retirement from the Black Stars earlier this year.
“The entire management team and playing body received the news about the Ayews with joy.”