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 Africaâ€™s flagship football competition, Dankwa will come up against Ghana â€“ 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.
â€œA game is a game but I have never turned my back on you people,â€ he said.
â€œBut my work comes first and I hope you people respect that.â€
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.