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Playing against Ghana is not personal, just business - Niger's Dankwa

Published on: 20 December 2012

By Ameenu Shardow

Kofi Dankwa says he hopes Ghanaians understand and accept his decision to play for Niger against the Black Stars at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

The 23-year-old, who plays for Tunisian side Zarzis, was named in a 26-man provisional squad for the tournament in South Africa.

If he makes the Menas final squad for Africa’s flagship football competition, Dankwa will come up against Ghana – the country of his parents.

Dankwa, who was born and raised in Dansoman, a suburb of Accra says the prospect of playing against his country of birth is not personal but purely business.

“A game is a game but I have never turned my back on you people,” he said.

“But my work comes first and I hope you people respect that.”

Niger will move to camp on December 27 and will play fellow 2013 Nations Cup finalists Ethiopia in a warm up game.

The Menas will not play the Black Stars until the final game of Group B on January 28 in Port Elizabeth haven played Mali and DR Congo in their opening group games.


  • Papa Nkrumah says:
    December 21, 2012 04:45 pm
    Make hay while the sun shines my brother. Wishing you the very best
  • francisco somuah says:
    December 21, 2012 04:01 pm
    kofi i wish u well play your best we know u played staycool fc in ghana before u move to niger may de gud LORD be with u
  • many says:
    December 20, 2012 09:08 am
    Who cares???? Kofi Dankwa or whateva ur name is.Thats where u belong so stay there
  • mojahadine says:
    December 20, 2012 01:44 pm
    Why will people be annoyed with him. He is not a Black Star material anyway so what's the fuss.
  • Ogya says:
    December 20, 2012 11:19 am
    though we don't need your services i am a strong proponent of you making the maximum money out of those Niger FA,who cares, afterall Asamoah Gyan has shown that playing for money other than staying in fine form 4 country is always the best choice.
  • oyoko says:
    December 20, 2012 11:17 am
    Himmmm no coment
  • junior mafia says:
    December 20, 2012 10:55 am
    Dis guy craze local blakstar sef lyk u no go get play.
  • kuukuphilly says:
    December 20, 2012 10:03 am
    I have never heared of u anyway.Niger needs y more.