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German-born Kevin-Prince Boateng feels ‘increasingly Ghanaian’ after nationality switch

Published on: 22 March 2014
Kevin Prince Boateng

German-born midfielder Kevin Prince Boateng says his decision to play for Ghana has connected him to his roots insisting he is ‘increasingly Ghanaian’ since switching his international allegiance.

The Schalke midfielder switched his nationality in 2010 to play for the country of his father and has revealed that he is now eating Ghanaian food regularly at his Dusseldorf base.

Boateng admits his decision to switch the nationality has made him a role model for several Africans and he is delighted to connect with his roots as he was born the a German mother and Ghanaian father in Germany.

“I feel increasingly Ghanaian. I’m discovering that side of me, but I’ve definitely still got a lot to learn about the country and its culture,” Boateng told FIFA Weekly.

“Until 2010 I had never visited Ghana before, but the national team gave me a warm welcome. I’ve since grown to love it and now I even eat Ghanaian food at home in Dusseldorf.

“I know there are a lot of young children in Africa that want to grow up to be like me, so I think it’s important to be a good role model.”

Since switch his nationality, Boateng has played 11 matches for Ghana and scored two goals.

Boateng is expected to line up for Ghana at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.


This article has 18 comment(s), give your comment
  • EA1us says:
    March 23, 2014 02:16 am
    Hahahaaaaa! @ kelvin, welcome and join the club man! I came back to my root in 2006 and ever since.....I've married a Ghanaian girl, always in Ghana and being a big Ghanaian civic. Now stop the complaining and accept everything the MIGHTY GHANA has to offer.....try fufu and you'll never go back....hahahaaaa!!
  • EA1us says:
    March 23, 2014 02:37 am
    Papadinho, don't call him a "thug" bro, you don't know him personally.
  • anokwale says:
    March 23, 2014 02:45 am
    This is the thing. At this point, everyone has to be realistic. To win the World Cup you need an international team. Even Germany has players from Turkey, Brazil, Poland, etc...We are in a new era. If there is a Ghanaian from Siberia who never came to Ghana before but he can contribute, why not welcome him???
  • keith from germany says:
    March 23, 2014 09:25 am
    Yeah pewee nice to have you back.its been a long time pewee. Im realy happy all the old forumites pito,dr who,selfmade sabacious etc are all showing. Together we can make this websie insult free.
  • man23 says:
    March 23, 2014 03:37 am
    so many unmature people on this site. @peewee,@jesus fannatic. Kevin is a nice player and a nice off football and the fact that he switched his nationality is even unimaginable. he was being persued by the Germans but he chose his root country. he quit the national team based on so many issues of which none of us here knows. so, shut the **** up. talk sports.
  • Peewee says:
    March 23, 2014 04:57 am
    @real sebacious thanks for being one of the voices of reason on this forum. We are here to express our opinion, and learn something from each other in the process, but some backward, and cowardly individuals have chosen to hide behind their computers, and throw insults at people they barely know. Such low esteemed individuals need to be left alone to indulge in backward fantasies.
  • Ghanaba says:
    March 23, 2014 05:59 am
    Why the insult? Thug?
  • Ghanaba says:
    March 23, 2014 06:03 am
    Call yourself Jesus Fanatic yet you insult instead of making your point.
  • jo esh says:
    March 23, 2014 10:04 am
    We should be more friendly than to insult ourselves, i think everyone has an opinion.
  • Peewee says:
    March 24, 2014 01:58 am
    Well said @Keith and Jo esh...
  • the good one in christ says:
    March 24, 2014 06:08 am
    The truth is Kevin Prince Boaten has done well to join the black stars it should be our prayer that after liking Ghanaian dishes, he will love the people also and fight the numerous challenges facing the growth of GHANA.
  • 21guns says:
    March 22, 2014 08:58 pm
    Ghainains talk too much What have you done for Ghana yourself @self made
  • selfmade says:
    March 22, 2014 07:34 pm
    Been a Ghanaian wouldn't change nothing about Ghana and eating Ghanaian delicacies doesn't make Ghana any special! Instead of talking about these irrelevant issues, he should come and set up some foundation that all benefit the underprivileged Ghanaian kids because its the taxes payers monies that is used to pay him for to eat all those Ghanaian delicacies!!! Its Ghana that gave him the opportunity to be who he is today and not the other way round! We are tired of pple looking down upon us!! There are so many people or races who enjoyed Ghanaian and other African delicacies and he been a Ghanaian should be an HONOUR NOT A PRIVILEGED!!
  • real sabacious says:
    March 22, 2014 06:16 pm
    @jesus fanatic sorry to say i'm really disappointed in u,as matured and reasonable person i think u might should make a strong case on behalf of Boateng to prove peewee that he isn't gonna quit rather abusing him for expressing his thought.most of u guys here lacks manners and good upbring.Pls u better aplogise cos nobody here has monopoly over abuse.Peace out!!
  • ZG GH4LIFE says:
    March 22, 2014 04:52 pm
    Kevin you better be feeling like a Ghanaian, you are playing for the Black Stars as a Ghanaian not as a soccer player, Black Stars is not a club.Good to hear your feelings about Ghana
  • Jesus Fanatic says:
    March 22, 2014 04:40 pm
    **** u pewee!!! What have U and your useless family done doe Ghana? Kwasia like u. Aboa ba . Odwan!!! Enemy of progress!!! Bless
  • Peewee says:
    March 22, 2014 04:14 pm
    Don't be fooled guys, he is gonna quit the national team again after the world cup. Ghanaians...we are too gullible!!!
  • Papadinho says:
    March 22, 2014 03:23 pm
    God bless you thug.