German-born of Ghanaian descent Jan Gyamerah has disclosed that he made the decision to play for the senior national team after the Black Stars’ exploits at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.
The 25-year-old, who has played for the German youth national teams, said watching his father’s country reach the last eight of the global tournament, sparked the burning desire to wear the shirts of the Ghana national team.
The Hamburg SV star was born in Germany but his roots are in Ghana as his father comes from the African country.
Gyamerah has already played for the Germany team in the U17, U18 and U19 junior national team – but he will like to play for his home country in the senior national team.
“After the 2010 World Cup at the latest, it was a dream of mine that is still alive,” said Gyamerah.
“Back then I also got a few insights into the team through videos of friends and saw that there seems to be a completely different mentality there. I would be tempted to experience something like that live.
“So far, there has been no exchange with the association but I know that much that I would be happy about it.”
Gyamerah’s latest expression of his desire to switch nationality is a big welcome for Ghana who are struggling to find competent replacement or options for Harrison Afful who has bossed the position for the past decade.
The right-back has made 22 appearances for Hamburg this season.