Belgium youth international Peersman wants to play for Ghana

Published on: 11 February 2011

Belgian youth international Marvin Peersman is considering switching nationality to play for Ghana after meeting Ghana FA boss this week, GHANAsoccernet.com can exclusively reveal.

The 19-year-old, who was born to a Ghanaian father and a Belgian mother, met Mr. Kwesi Nyantakyi in Antwerp this week to discuss the possibility of playing for the West Africans.

The meeting was held in the Belgian city of Antwerp after Ghana played an international friendly against Togo.

Peersman, who plays as a left-back, has been targeted by Dutch giants Feyenoord as he is one of the discoveries of Belgian football in recent times.

His decision to consider nationality switch has been welcomed as it could be the permanent solution to the left-back problems of the Black Stars.

The Ghana FA boss says they will begin processing Peersman's papers for the switch to be completed.

"It is an exciting to know after meeting Marwin that he wants to play for Ghana," Ghana FA boss Nyantakyi told GHANAsoccernet.com.

"First we have to go through the channel of get his papers sorted with Fifa before the nationality switch is approved.

"There are many opportunities for him to play for Ghana including the U20, the U23 and the Black Stars.

Peersman told GHANAsoccernet.com he has been yearning for the opportunity to play for the country of his father.

"I have been following all the national teams of Ghana for a long time and I have been yearning for the opportunity to play for Ghana," Peersman told GHANAsoccernet.com.

"Players like Gyan, Essien, Appiah, the Ayews, Muntari, have all been my favourite and will happily play for my country.

"I am happy with the meeting with the Ghana FA boss and will start working on the papers to enable me play for Ghana.

Peersman began his professional career in 2009 at Beveren as a 17-year-old.

He also played in five games for the 2009 Belgian youth national team.

If approved by new Ghana coach Goran Stevanovic, he could provide a good competition for Black Stars left-back David Addy.

Comments

  • prime
    says: 7 years ago
    Reading this article makes me remember of odjija, what is GFA doing about him? I pray that no one takes him because he is a great opportunity for the BS. Sabacious, let me hear from you
  • prime
    says: 7 years ago
    Please don't get wrong, why are Europeans given more opportunity to play for Ghana other than our great upcoming home-based players?
  • sabacious
    says: 7 years ago
    good news! there are bunch of kids with potential over here in europe who are willing to don the ghana jersey but due to the personal interest of those in the GFA.they refuse to fastrack those players switch,just to pave way for their favourites average players.i keep on asking,what does ghana as a nation loss,if we facilitate the nationality stwitch of these players and they couldn't even make the grade?how much does it even cost to switch the nationality of the said players?we're living in the world where every country is now chasing young footballers to play for them,so what preevent us from doing the same?albert adomah,daniel nii tackie mensah welbeck are all guys with great potential who can solve our goal scoring problem.i hope and pray that we can add more talent to the STARS.i keep on saying that,we're been over rated in world footabll.with the exception of essien,sulley and kp boateng.i can boldly say the rest of our starting 11 will not make the starting 11 of senegal,cameroun,ivory coast and even nigerian but yet we call our selves the best in africa.the signs are clear and untill the right measures is taken to unearth more talents to beef up the team.the doom days of the stars is just in the corner.
  • sabacious
    says: 7 years ago
    @prime,kids grown over here in europe are tactically and technically better than that of those who are grown up in ghana,due to many factors which enchance their development and understand of the game.just use kpb case for example,this is a guy who couldnt make it will the germany national team but was an instant hero in the B.S set up.in other words,a student who is best in his class in the toase secondary school will be among the worse in adisco,presec,augustine's,prempeh,wesley girls and the rest.no wonder,all the national teams in the third world countries are fully dominated by european based players.
  • Nee-How
    says: 7 years ago
    please prime, look at our local players now. CHAN is example enough that the last good ones have left, inkoom, lee addy and agyemang badu. if another crop of players are coming up we should use that to fill the void while grooming another set of really good local based players. Simple logic
  • Agya Addai
    says: 7 years ago
    Even de dead want more, if only he gud, y not ?
  • K Gyasi
    says: 7 years ago
    GFA please go or this kid Joseph Gyau. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Or9ku0R7Tk He is s bomb.
  • Shakes
    says: 7 years ago
    @ Sabacious.....I dont agree with you on the point of being overrated. Fifa does not rate players but its rates national teams. So if our players are not good individually but they are able to blend together and help each other achieve results, then we should be rated high. Besides, all the countries you mentioned have achieved nothing in the past five years in football, but with our players that you call bad, we have achieve a fews honours. I like your comment most of the time, but i think you got it wrong this time, my good friend and brother.
  • black pope
    says: 7 years ago
    @ K Gyasi ive watch the gyau lad he is very skillful. GFA might have to work hard to get him since USA seems to adore him so much.
  • Bemol
    says: 7 years ago
    Saba their u go wrong again who did the likes have to compel to our players name them i am pending.which africa team can the likes of vorsah,mensha,paintsil,dede,kwadwo,gyan,johnatan mensha etc not make starting 11 name them.
  • sabacious
    says: 7 years ago
    @shakes u gotta agree with me bro!be honest to ur self and tell me how many of our starting 11 will make the first team of ivory coast,senegal and cameroun and nigeria?football is not like other sports like tennis,hockey,boxing,long jump,basket ball,ruby and others whereby always the best team wins.luck play a key role in determining the outcome in a football irrespective of the quality of the players u have.no wonder england,holland,portugal have all not won any major competition for years.spain with all their stars and the success of barcelona and real madrid couldn't win anything in football till 2008 and 2010.greece won the european championship in 2004 due to luck and not quality just like denmark won the same championship in 92 after holland refused to convert thousand of chances.can u tell me,what could have happen if cameroun,ivory coast,south africa and algeria were awarded the same 3 penalties which was awarded to us during the recent wc?if ghana is playing both ivory coast and cameroun today.all the pundit will predict a win for both teams,simply bcos of the quality in their team.in short i'll say,our success is due to the will of the players to die for the country unlike nigeria,cameroun and ivory coast who live with their stars status and arrogant.ghanaians are calling for herbert addo head,cos they've the notion that all is well with ghana football but i bet to differ.our best player and goal king in the local league for years can't even secure a contract with a second division club in europe.gone are the days,where hearts 11 can draw with star starded nigerian team and beat liberia with oppong weah and others in the team.is time ghanaians understand that,we're not in the level some of us believe we are.LONG LIVE GHANA!!
  • kwame uk
    says: 7 years ago
    @Shakes you are right. Saba got it wrong. He even said"we call ourselves the best in Africa". Saba just to let you know we dont rank ourselves FIFA does. Besides we might not have well "known" players but its "team" effort or performance which matters hence our No.1 status in Africa. Ivory Coast currently boast of the most fearsome squad (Player by player) in Africa right now but their performance(as a team) is not the best. There is one thing i do agree with you though Saba, genuine good players must be given the chance to justify their inclusion into our dear Blackstars. I said here in this forum once that i personaly spoke to Danny Welbeck 5 months ago when England U-21 National team played one of their qualifying games at the Colchester Stadium and the kid looked intrested in switching to the BlackStars. I hope our GFA gurus will persuade him and many potential BS materials. I use to only patronise this website for the news but after carefully reading comments from forumites for a couple ofmonths i have started pinning my oppinion down and hopefully whoever is concerned might read. Our football needs revival.
  • Musah Fifa
    says: 7 years ago
    Sabacious this is where you get all wrong, you believe in name, and we blieve in team work, so is like Barcelona has a team and Real madrid has a name,so in football there are two different things the teamwork and the team in name of the players, so you can't compare,so we should learn how to make team not names.
  • Koby
    says: 7 years ago
    @ Sabacious. Bro, just awhile ago; a Serbian expatriate whome you oppose in all your write ups took this same team, derive from this same league, to same competition and placed 2nd. How do you reconcile that with what you are just ascertaining? Or are you trying to imply that, between now and then there's been so much deterioration in our local league that the parameters have changed? Sabacious, bro; yes it's a known fact that over the years our local league had deteriorated and it's high time the FA does something drastic about it. But to use that as a premises to rate the BS as overated just because our players are not in glamourous teams like Real Madrid, Barcelona, Mancity; is neither hear or there. Let me give you a classical example. Not untill recently the German team had no or very few players in these glamourous teams, but they've always been a mean team; and you know why, Sabacious? Because, it is said about the German national team, "you've never beaten them until they are sitting in their team bus on their way out of the stadium, after the final whistle". Bro, it is not about individual talents, it is about team work. The will to win, and to die a little for the team. And please Saba, not about LUCK! You were the last person a was expecting to say that! Cos I respect your football savvy! Yes; winning a penalty in a match, might be down to luck and maybe an oversight from the referee; but no amount of luck can win you three penalties in three matches in a row! NO! I put it down to pressure on your opposing defense which cause them to make mistakes! Yes, our local league, compared to the times when Kotoko could win 5-1 against Zamalek,coming from behind; is at an all time low; but that is no excuse for such an abysmal performance put up by Herbert Addo and his team, and in no way means that our BS is overrated. And PLEASE! saying that our national team players won't even make the bench of the Nigerian or Camerounian national team; I find it as very unpassing! Sabacious, thinking about it, when was the last time the Green Eagles even drew with the BS?
  • kwame uk
    says: 7 years ago
    @Koby you have said it all. Seba How would you say Greece won the 2004 European Championship due to luck. Its the will and determination to win as my bro Koby pointed out to you. Denmark were only lucky to be drafted into the tournament in 1992 becuase the original Country(Forgotten which country it was) Pulled out due to Political tension. You are not implying these two teams won all their group, knockout and finals due to LUCK? Please bro its ok to criticise or point out your opinion (we all have 1) but sometimes some comments from you are simply unpassing. Like i said in my previous comment above, we may not have the finest names in world football presently but our "die hard" attitude has pushed the national team to the No 1 spot in Africa and not because Fifa thinks our players are humble or good looking (humour lol). HABA
  • sabacious
    says: 7 years ago
    for once,am happy to read from smart ppl like koby and kwaame.bro kwame its strange to argue that,LUCK dont play a key role in football.are u telling me that the penalty against serbian was due to pleasure?south africa and ivory coast scored more goals than us and had the same 4points that took us to the 1/16 but yet they couldnt make it to the next round.what could have happened if serbian did draw or won against australia?about the ongoing chan tourny,is herbert using the same players that took us to the final in ivory coast?if yes then u have a strong case but if no,then that buttress my point.about the over rated of our team.pls just do ur own research and go through the players in the cameroun,senegal,ivory coast and nigeria and see it ur self if annan,dede,john mensah,vorsah,paintsil,olele and inkoom will make the first 11.players like adiyiah,tagoe,lee adyy,badu and clottey will not even be on the bench of the above countries.all the players in the above national teams are all playing top club football and are regular for their clubs unlike ghana with bunch of benchwarmers and inactive players.u talk of the germany team but u forgot that the bundesliga is one of the best in the world.the success of every national team is determine by the competitive nature of their league.no wonder ghana is suffering in sudan as a result of our YAWA league.
  • kwame uk
    says: 7 years ago
    @Bro i will only answer my point on the issue of LUCK. Bro i am not denying the fact that there are some luck in football. If you read my comment carefully what i sead was Greece and Demand couldnt have progressed from group stages to lifting the championship by sheer luck.On the question of overrated BS players am sure it was directed to bro Koby so i wouldnt dleve deep into it. However if i may say just a word on it. Its a team effort. Forget about the names, big clubs and possibly high earnings. You know why its called "National team", FC (football club) or Utd(United)? Not because Ronaldo Luiz nazerio de Lima or Lionel Messi play ofr their "club" or "team" against 11 men on the field. TEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAM EFFORT
  • Bala Muhammed, Kumasi, Kumasi Poly
    says: 7 years ago
    I always say this 'believe in Mr. Kwasi Nyankye's administration' you see how things are changing we are on the way getting new player for the number three(3) position. We have been hustling for that position for a long time and now we have get it, hoped Marvin Peersman will fit in that position.
  • maka
    says: 7 years ago
    Ok, now to Bro, Saba, Kwame Uk, et al; Plain and simple - to succeed in soccer, certain ingredients are needed: 1. quality 2. the will to win 3. TEAM WORK!...and a BIT OF LUCK! These 3 go hand in hand. Assuming that with all the quality Barca had, they still had no team work or the urge to win more trophies, nothing comes to light! It goes for the others as well, because regardless of the will to "die" or win and the team work available but there is no quality, it doesn't go anywhere --- because one cannot TRAIN DONKEYS to win games (ask Milo about this regarding his team in Saudi Arabia)! All I am saying is that those days of Abedi Pele, Tony Yeboah, Sarfo Gyamfi, Prince Opoku Polley, Frimpog Manso, Richard Naawu, Stanley Aborah, Frank Amankwaa, etc., did not get us anywhere, and we are all witnesses of why that was so! If Ghana is ranked #1 in Africa, it means we deserve it (with some bit of luck involved); we might not have the quality Ivory Coast has nor the grit Cameroun possesses or Egypt wields, but team work and respect got the guys there! Why do you think Muntari was almost thrown out...and we all saw what Andre did in Sulley's place although Muntari is par quality and more experienced/stronger compared to Andre. Long and short--- Ghana is number one, so we must all help to keep it there by "pouring fire" on the arses of these corrupt GFA officials to do what they have to do to win us trophies! Being #1 without a trophy in almost 3 decades isn't an achievement! This isn't the first time we have become number one....and when we were number one in those days, we were winning or had won trophies. Currently, see this trend: Local is sucks, U-17 did not qualify, Women's teams (senior and junior) in shambles, CHAN was a debacle, MidSea saga was a shame, tussle between government officials and soccer officials over positions and "dw33t33" ....and the most annoying thing of all, this lazy butt GFA cannot even fast track players to switch and play for us! People, we are simply sitting on a time BOMB,and when it explodes, we might not even be able to represent in any type of sports from junior to senior levels! Albert Adoma, Odjidja, Drobo Ampem, Danny Welbeck, Joseph Gyau, Tortor (Anyone hear of him before, AC Milan), Daniel Frimpong, Adam Kwarasey (thank God they claim its almost done--but how long did he have to wait??), Peersman (pictured with Nyantakyi above), Kelvin Osei (who plays with Dede and Jordan and had to personally come and tell the U-20 officials that he wants to play for Ghana, and rightly justified his inclusion to be capped)...and a whole myriad of others are simply doing great, and yet GFA won't do anything. I am thinking that perhaps, they want all these guys to book their plane tickets and come justify their inclusions like playmaker Kevin Osei did before they cap them---but how can you cap these guys if you have not either made an effort to contact them or initiated processing of their switch? Or they want the guys to come in and tell them "we want to play for Ghana" so that it paves the way for FAT BRIBES to be paid? In other words, we are setting up a system for failure whereby soon, processing of switch can only take players for willing and quality players ONLY after they have LINED the pockets of officials? In Africa, leaders are always planning to fail because they fail to plan. Why did real Madrid go for Adebayor although Benzema was around -- just to provide competition for him. But in Ghana/ Africa, we depend on single individual players such that they eventually begin to feel the "god-like" status and irreplaceable...and for sure, when they are not around, their teams struggle! It is about time we learned from Europe or South America! GFA, please begin to fast track the switch and cap all thse guys coming up even if they don't make the cut now, we lose nothing in capping them! Why, players improve and lose form all the time, so some of them might not make the grade now but would shine/improve later in their careers----look at what Nigeria had to go through with Emenike? He wasn't capped and almost played for Turkey but he is a late blossomer like Drogba and now Naija have quickly begged and capped him! Some players blossom late, and some flop later after beginning well.....so please, GFA, start capping these dudes and provide competition in all areas----from GOALKEEPING to STRIKING! Don't wait and try to cap them when they are old or past their peak! We need competition for 'Olele', Paintsil, John Mensah (who is injury prone), Essien, Gyan, etc. See how difficult it was for our left back after the legendary ISAAC ASARE retired? Yet, we had Nana Kwasi Asare and see how long it took for him to be called up or given the chance to prove himself, and yet we all knew Sarpei was good but not the permanent solution...and that is why I personally sometimes ask myself whether our leaders are dumb, corrupt, or both! Because even when everything is glaring and they must do it, they have to be pushed to do it! I have more to say but would speak later...but for now, ladies and gentlemen, let's bask in the glory and put fire down the throats of these leaders so that our present status is cemented. We have to win CAN 2012/2013, get gold in the Olympics next year, and we must at least reach the final in Brazil 2014. Who said we cannot do it if the right things are done and the total quality we have is harnessed? By the way, are our sports officials also neglecting the other known sports as well? What happened to athletics, et al? People, we must wake up because in the end, we might be living in fools' paradise, chasing after fools' gold! Who said we can all play soccer...for all you know, the next Marion Jones or Usain Bolt is among us...but these leaders are sure to kill the talent and dreams of such people! I shall speak later...I rest my case and keep my fingers crossed! Finally, I must say that we don't have any better players on the local scene again..period! The local scene is done...and new talent must be unearthed with vigorous and active programs! God bless Ghana ...and all the 1 million coaches we have.
  • lineka
    says: 7 years ago
    @Sabacious...I think you need to sit down and compare the players you mentioned their names yourself.How do you mention senegal in recent world soccer?how do you compare Danny Shitu to Vorsah?you compare Ayilla to Anan?or you compare Didier Zokora to Kojo Asamoah..I don`t want to do it but you must sit down and compare these players from club level to national team..tanx..
  • K Duah frm Worcester UK
    says: 7 years ago
    waooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!! I doff my hat to all forumites. this is what i call informed discussions.Congrats Sabacious,Shakes,Kwame and everyone who has contributed so far.Discussions devoid of insults is what will keep us educated. sabacious is sometimes criticised on his views but i believe they are motivated by his love for his country though i must admit his views are sometimes sentimental.On the issue on board,NO COMMENT cos u guys have said it all
  • Maxwell Johnson
    says: 7 years ago
    @Maka,woow that was a very long speech bro.You've said it all,big ups to Sabacious,Kwame Uk,Kobby and everyone who has contributed on this article.
  • frimpii
    says: 7 years ago
    I’m very glad reading some matured and wonderful comments. Let’s keep it up folks @ maka in fact u really understand the problems of Ghana football and especially regarding Nationality switch. if possible why don’t you write an article concerning this whole subject , post it to Ghanasoccernet, Ghana web for debate . your above comment is even enough . Bro it’s important! We have to be worried of this “bomb abt to explode”. Unfortunately some people don’t see hence the need to educate ourselves. Anyway all hands on deck for the betterment of Ghana football n of course a better Ghana (in all aspects)
  • The PAPA
    says: 7 years ago
    The papa wants to use this opportunity to congratulate all forumites for this informed discussion, a discussion that has been devoid of abuse and insult, demeaning of others integity and the use of bad language. I personally don't like contributing because of the afore mentioned issues. I think this is the best way to go if we really want to add our names to the rest of Ghanaians who want to uphold civility. Thank you all
  • jesse
    says: 7 years ago
    It is only someone who knows nothing about football that will argue that most of our Black Star players will not get a place in the Ivorian,Senegalese,Nigerian or the Camerounian team.In any case,our players are performing better than any of their players week in week out in Europe when you compare.Lets take the striking options for these teams for example.Gyan has netted more than Odemwingie,Didier Drogba,Pier Wome,Obafemi Martins,Salomon Kalou as we speak. Fifa is an institution ,a body with the various football federations under it umbrella thus any decision taken in terms of team ranking is done unilaterally and most of all is based on performances by the minute.In this regard,Black Stars have performed by far than any African 'team' noticed i didn't say player.Even in that regard three of our current squad players were shortlisted in the final 11 man squad FIFA selected at the end of the World cup.So for someone to say most of our players wont match up to any other African team is a shot in the foot and a display of gross ignorance of the subject at hand. Black Stars team is way above all these teams mentioned above currently thus if anybody is to emulate the other it should be the other way round with the players of these other team emulating the unity and the die hard spirit that is in our current Black Stars set set up.Most of the teams that are so called touted as the best by some people on here have performed woefully at tournaments because of certain egos in their set up.Ivory Coast is a typical example and it is well known that the likes of Didier Zakora,Kolo Toure and Yaya Toure have all had scuffles with Didier Drogba who feels like he is untouchable in the team hence the teams woes lately and they haven't recovered since.Individuals dont play football and that is why football is called a TEAM sport.I find it amazing that some people on here cannot understand this word and keeps potraying their ignorance.Our Black Stars can match up any team in the world because we are playing as a team and not individuals. In football and this world by extension,there is nothing like 'LUCK'.A breakdown of luck means 'something you don't deserve but you got finally'On the pitch the team that puts in much effort is rewarded.Even if the winning team won by a shady penalty that was given,it is still hardwork of the player to get the ball into the opponents eighteen yard box and so if at the end of the day he wins,it was due to hard work and deserves the subsequent applause.Black Stars fairly and squarely deserves the current position we are now.We have performed better than all the so called better teams because we had the chance and we made the most of it with our determination and die hard attitude!.God Bless Ghana! @sabacious ,you was asking ''how much does it even cost to switch the nationality of the said players?''Let me educate you as i now know you dont have any idea about the pros and cons of player switching.It is a process and it takes time and cooperation not money.Most often it is a three party agreement-player's country of birth,country of birth of players parent and then FIFA.A lot of player works is involved.It is howeve true that our FA has not really acted swiftly to tap some of our young prospect born abroad but wanting to play for their parent's country of birth but like i said whoever genuinely wants to play for our Black Stars must first of all make the approach by writing to apply for a switch to the Football federation and be patient then paper works can begin!