Ghanaian and Italian-born forward, Caleb Ekuban Ansah has chosen Ghana over Italy as the country to ply his international career.
Ekuban, 23, who is eligible to play for Ghana due to his father’s background and Italy for being born to an Italian mother and in Italy but has chosen to don the jersey of the Black Stars instead of that of the Azzuris after claiming he wanted to fulfill the dream of his grandparent, Rev. Kobina and father, Sabina Ekuban. He told Leeds United website;
“When it comes to nationality [and national team], my grandfather told me that if I go and play for the Italian national team, I cannot come back to the house”. “So you know what the answer is. I have chosen Ghana over Italy”, he added.
The Chievo Verona player who spent last season on loan at Albanian side Partizani Tirana has signed for English Championship outfit Leeds United last week on a three year deal. He scored 17 goals at the Albanian club to help them finish second at the Albanian League.
After signing for Leeds United, the Italian-born Ghanaian has indicated he is expecting a tough challenge than he had at Albania. He said; “It will be quite different for me here”.
“The Championship is a tough league, tougher than Albania. I know that. I think that even Serie A players in Italy can find it quite difficult in the Championship but I’ll know better about it when I start playing. I think I can do well”, he continued.
“Let’s just say that I’m not afraid. I know that the Championship is a strong league but I’m strong too. If I get the rhythm I don’t think I’ll suffer physically”.”I’m a kind of player that likes moving. I like to attack the space”, the 23 year old reiterated.
He will be following the steps of players such as Kevin-Prince Boateng, Otto Addo among others to represent Ghana despite being born in Europe.