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FIFA set to ratify Emmanuel Frimpong's nationality switch for Ghana

Published on: 27 November 2012

Ghana have been handed a massive boost just weeks before the Africa Cup of Nations as FIFA is on the verge of ratifying Emmanuel Frimpong's nationality switch to enable him play for the Black Stars, can exclusively reveal.

The world governing body has submitted all the documents required for the ex-England youth international's switch to be approved its Player Status Committee for its endorsement.

This means the on-loan Charlton midfielder could be cleared in time to play for the Black Stars at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations which starts in South Africa on 19 January.

This comes after the Northern Ireland FA submitted its letter to the football’s world governing body confirming that Frimpong has not played for the country at senior level.

The England FA, Scotland FA and Wales FA had all provided documents confirming that Frimpong has not played for them at senior level but the Northern Ireland FA delayed in providing its document, stalling the midfielder’s quest to play for the country of his parents.

With the last letter confirming that he has not played for any of the countries in the Great Britain, FIFA says the department responsible for ratifying nationality switches is now considering the matter.

''Regarding the request for change of association concerning the player Emmanuel Frimpong, FIFA received further documentation from the Ghana Football Association in reply to our letter of 1 November 2012,'' FIFA exclusively told

''The FIFA legal services are currently examining the entire paperwork in order to prepare a complete and comprehensive file for consideration by the competent deciding authority.''

The 20-year-old had documents presented to FIFA to facilitate his switch in order to play for the Black Stars about a year ago.

Frimpong who had played for the English U-16 and U-17 teams is on the fringes of making his full return to active first team action after recovering from a serious knee injury last term while on loan at Wolves.

Arsenal have sent him out on loan to Charlton for him to get more playing time.

He is deemed by many as a vital addition to Ghana's solid midfield for the Nations Cup provided he gets the all clear from FIFA.


This article has 14 comment(s), give your comment
  • afrikaba1 says:
    November 27, 2012 06:48 pm
    if he gets a chance he would definitely be the revelation of next year's African cup of Nation, unless he doesnt control his passion which sometimes makes him look like a De Jong in the making. He does not need to be cooked bcos he's talented. the one to stop Yaya Toure from making his runs, if not he would run pass them like he did to Essien against Madrid.
  • A cool guy says:
    November 27, 2012 07:38 pm
    this guy is not ready yet so don't rush him. he is forcing to play for the B/S which is good but he must focus on his soccer career rather than twitter and face book issues.
  • Typykal says:
    November 27, 2012 07:41 pm
    Reports on de BBC's website indicate that the nationality switch has been completed. I further went to Frimmy's official twitter page and a tweet on his page also comfirms the story.
  • GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:
    November 27, 2012 05:55 pm
  • Ghanaman says:
    November 27, 2012 04:33 pm
  • Kobi says:
    November 27, 2012 03:58 pm
    Maybe, he would but not because Ghana has a weaker midfield and ONLY if he steps up to the plate. Ghana has Ayew, Agyeman-Badu, Atsu, Kwadwo Asamoah, Derrick Boateng, Mubarak Wakaso, Anthony Annan, Sulley Muntari. Not to mention those that are not in the picture such as Owusu Abeyie, Mohammed Abu, KPB. So hope he succeeds and makes a big impact on the team, but it's not because Ghana's midfield is an easier option. In fact he would be better to be a striker or defender if he wanted to have an "easier" access to the team.
  • Ignatius says:
    November 27, 2012 01:58 pm
    It will be better for him to play for Ghana than playing for England,cos he wiil have more playing chances for Ghana than at England national team.i Wish him all The best of luck at Ghana national team at Arsenal Fc.thank's
  • A concerned citizen says:
    November 27, 2012 01:45 pm
    This guy is not prepared yet,
  • selfmade says:
    November 27, 2012 01:50 pm
    We don't Want to hear all this long talk from fifa!! When the deal is done and sealed,come and announce to us so that we ll jubilant with chills beer,cognac and russian whiskey!!! We are tired fifas go slow in dealing with this issue and we are also tired of constant irreverent media announcements of this simple nationality switch issue! Now that all the documents are ready to be processed,do it sharp and quick because we don't Want no bullshit again from uncle Sam!!! Viva the revolutionciooooooooo!!!!
  • Tanko says:
    November 27, 2012 01:13 pm
    @Fred:You are very fair in explaining Frimpong's state of preparedness toward playing for the BLACK STARS. However, the ratification from FIFA is a massive boost for Frimpong himself and not necessarily for Ghana. For it would boost Frimpong's moral and, enable him come out of the stagnant situation he found himself at the moment. Good luck Frimpee
  • Bignii says:
    November 27, 2012 12:32 pm
    good news for GH
  • fred says:
    November 27, 2012 01:00 pm
    I like Frempong as a person and i admire his mentality - feeling Ghanaian trhan British- But i doubt he would walk into the squad. I feel its a bit too late for AFCON 2013 as AA has confirmed he is now clear on his squad. Obviously I would be excited if he would give Frempong and Quincy a look at before the tournament itself during the next friendly with Tunisia. But if Fremp is not cleared before this match, i doubt AA would take a chance...seriously he hasnt proved himself with Arsenal, niether has he played many competitive matches, so it would be unfair if he is just thrown in...and i dont think AA will do that.
  • JNR says:
    November 27, 2012 01:08 pm
    About damn time...
  • Paragon J says:
    November 30, 2012 02:32 am
    I hope Frimpong is not just trying to use black stars as a selfish boost for his careerm just like Kevin Prince Boateng did. I mean why now when we have another big tounament coming.