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German-born attacker Karim Bellarabi signals readiness to play for Morocco ahead of Ghana

Published on: 03 September 2014
Karim Bellarabi

By Akyereko Frimpong Manson

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German-born Ghanaian attacker Karim Bellarabi has suggested he would choose Morocco ahead of Ghana after admitting his love for the North African country.

The 25-year-old's nationality has come to the fore following his swashbuckling form in the Bundesliga for Bayer 04 Leverkusen.

Bellarabi was born to a Ghanaian father who has a German passport and a Moroccan mother in Germany.

Though he has never been to the West African country, his father in 2012, claimed he could convince the attacker who is capped by German at U19 level to switch his nationality to Ghana, generating Ghanaian interest.

But the player has suggested he could opt for Morocco, where his mother hails from though he admits his attention is on Leverkusen for the time being.

“I love Morocco as much as I love Germany. I count both as home. My father is German, my mother Moroccan,” Bellarabi told

“It's not something I'm thinking about yet, though. I'll see what happens in the future, but at the moment my focus is wholly on Leverkusen and everything else will sort itself out.”

His impressive form has seen him netted four goals since the start of the season in all competitions and scored the Bundesliga's all-time fastest goal a fortnight ago.


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  • banger says:
    September 03, 2014 07:21 pm
  • Kwame says:
    September 03, 2014 05:09 pm
    Folks i wud rather support Bellarabi to opt for Morocco ova Ghana even if he claimed citizenship from GH.those who 've goh technical eyes know Black Stars is dying wih incompetent coaching and awful most of as crave and long for Black Stars robbing shoulders wih deh likes of Germany,Argentina,Holland and deh likes,Akwasi Appiah and Kwesi Nyantakyi only assure us competing wih and defeating mediocre nations like Uganda,Togo etc...........ahhhhhh!Africa!!!!!!! why must we limit ourselves to scraps and rejoice only in being second in deh world's numba 1 game?Appiah though gud @ his level as a coach buh is a completely a square peg in a round hole in Black stars.he can't just manage deh top stars.he's a mismatch.folks!do yu guys believe in deh maxim:"Monkeys play by size"?if yeh,why do ppl root for AA to steer deh Black Stars?GH wake up!!!!!unless we don't wanna grow up in deh game we wud continue to subscribe to dis gross incompetence sold to us by dis syndicate of vampires and mediocre coach.instead of encouraging chaps like Schlupp(21yrs)J Ayew(22yrs)& others whose ages are real to excel,we rather give place & shower praises on old soldiers.when we push for young players competing @ deh highest level to advance deh ambitions av Black Stars,we only have low class technical team & management rejoicing in inviting old guards who re languishing in mediocre leagues in South Africa,Congo DR............Eastern Europe etc..folks!i wanna entreat all to pause for moment & reflect soberly on dis qtn;"why does deh nation GH hire deh expertise of expatriates in such areas as mining,healthcare,tech,politics and more recently & evidently deh entire economy(IMF)?is sports any exception? i trust dah your honest & objective response will be a very big NO!some things are for big brains only.remember dis,"u can give dah which u don't ve".lets rise up & fight deh system of gross incompetence & corrupt practices.let deh powers dah b feel deh God & love all.cheers!!!!
  • Ghanaman says:
    September 03, 2014 04:45 pm
    BellARABI... Come on man, the kid is not Ghanaian. Bell ARABI!! A Moroccan told me that means son of the Arab. NO Ghanaian Muslim will have that name. Ghanaian Muslims have district names which are sometimes Arabic but not names which claim Arab origin like BellArabi.
  • aa says:
    September 03, 2014 11:50 am
    No one cares he looks morrow an anyway
  • Ghanaman says:
    September 03, 2014 11:53 am
    You dumb dwarfs. Is Bellarabi a Ghanaian name? Bellarabi means son of the Arab... Think about it. Bell-ARABI... What percentage of Ghanaians are Arabs? Almost zero. The kid is not Ghanaian. Bellarabi is a Moroccan name. He has no ties to Ghana. Stop making Ghanaians look like F00LS. According to that same article his father is Moroccan and his mother German. Since his name is Moroccan that makes sense. At best his father is mixed race(Moroccan Father and Ghanaian mother) and his mother is German. Which will make him only 1/4th Ghanaian. Lastly, he lacks the quality to play for Ghana!
  • Johnny says:
    September 03, 2014 11:55 am
    “I love Morocco as much as I love Germany. I count both as home. My mother is German, my father Moroccan,” Bellarabi told So,, how was the guy born to a Ghanaian father? He does not even mention Ghana. Will you stop begging people to play for Ghana. We have more talent than we need; what we don't have are quality coaches and good, non-corrupt GFA to ensure our abundant football talents are fully utilized.
  • Ghanaman says:
    September 03, 2014 12:01 pm
    Exactly, the kid is not Ghanaian... His Karim Bellarabi... There is a North African-French Forward called Karim Benzema. Even if he has Ghanaian origin he has long forgotten about it and adopted a Moroccan identity. He is NOT Ghanaian and space used to promote him should be used to promote actual Ghanaians on this site. Lastly, apart from a few spectacular goals he is not prolific enough to play for Ghana. Jordan Ayew scored more goals last year alone than this guy scored in the last 3 years and people complain about Jordan! Imagine how much worse it would be with Karim the Moroccan up there!
  • Nana Kwadwo, U.S.A says:
    September 03, 2014 12:07 pm
    Bellarabi was born to a Ghanaian father who has a German passport and a Moroccan mother in Germany. “I love Morocco as much as I love Germany. I count both as home. My mother is German, my father Moroccan,” Bellarabi told
  • joseph says:
    September 03, 2014 12:59 pm
    wise idea , dont come to ghana cos they will disgrace in the end .
  • GSN....???? Why? says:
    September 03, 2014 01:05 pm
    Bellarabi was born to a Ghanaian father who has a German passport and a Moroccan mother in Germany. My mother is German, my father Moroccan,” Bellarabi told which one is true?
  • Divaro says:
    September 03, 2014 01:09 pm
    I agree with you Bellarabi. If you come to Ghana they will destroy your career. You can't speak when things go wrong. The GFA, the management Committee and the coaches will fight you for being honest and truthful. Never give them attention if they come to you. Ask KP Boateng, Kwaresey and Quincy and they will tell you more. I am a Ghanaian and a strong supporter of the Black Stars but I will campaign to make sure these foreign based players don't swear allegiance to Ghana. God is watching the GFA and His judgment will soon come upon them and those who support their bad deeds.
  • shine says:
    September 03, 2014 01:51 pm
    Ghanaians are very poorly in terms of education. Is it only North Africans thats called their children Karim? These two names are Moslem names. Many Ghanaians uses these names as well. Go to Northern Region to find out in this country we have Moslems and Christians get that in your stupid heads. Do you think Ghana is only for christians? Go to Many places in Ghana to finds out Karim Belarabi. Mubarak Wakaso and Waris Majeed are all Islamic names. Both of them are from Tamale. And Wakaso is a Dagomba cultural and tradition family name. Dont just wake up with your stomach full of kenke to say whatsoever you wish. The reason why Karim Bellerabi said this because his father has a German passport and the father never bring the kid to Ghana thats main problems many Ghanaians like doing look at mario Baloteli who claimed he is Italian and not a Ghanaian. Belarabi father who original from North of Ghana immigrated to Germany some years back and married to a Morocan wife but never bring the child to his homeland. And Belarabi mother has being taking him to Moroco so he can called himself a Morocan and not Ghanaian like Baloteli and Jerome Boateng who claims their not Ghanaians .
  • Kwaku says:
    September 03, 2014 01:59 pm
    I second that, Ghana black ster don't deserve any good foreign base player if the country can't stop corruption in football
  • luca says:
    September 04, 2014 03:17 am
    Even if his name were to be adjetey sowah and he decided not to play for black stars I'd say he's made a good choice. Bunch of disgraceful leaders we have for football in this country.
  • confused says:
    September 08, 2014 04:00 pm
    I'm confused this article reads this “I love Morocco as much as I love Germany. I count both as home. My father is German, my mother Moroccan,” Bellarabi told Not the other way around s some of you are posting, but i also have heard the ghanian man is just his stepfather, so which is right