Akufo-Addo wants Chelsea’s Hudson-Odoi to play for Ghana

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has urged the Minister of Youth and Sports to look into the possibility of Callum Hudson-Odoi changing nationalities to play for the Black Stars.

This follows the Chelsea winger’s courtesy visit to the President at Jubilee House on Monday.

Sports Minister Mustapha Ussif was present at the meeting, and the president tasked him with ensuring that Hudson-Odoi reverses his international career decision.

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“Among other things, I urged the Minister for Youth and Sports to look into the possibility of Callum switching nationalities and playing for the Black Stars,” the President said on his official Facebook page.

Hudson-Odoi, who was born in London to Ghanaian parents, chose to represent England after playing for the European country’s youth teams.

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He has made three appearances for the Three Lions so far. He can, however, switch to Ghana after Fifa revised its eligibility rules last year.

According to FIFA, players can now switch national teams as long as they have played no more than three matches (including friendlies), none of the matches were in the final tournament of the FIFA World Cup or confederation competition, and they all occurred before the player turned 21.

The attacker was only 20 when he played all three games for England, so there’s a good chance he’ll change his mind and play for the Black Stars in the future.

He had hoped to be named to England’s Euro 2020 squad, but manager Gareth Southgate passed him up, allowing him to spend his summer vacation in Ghana.

So far, he has received a warm welcome.

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He was at the Accra Sports Stadium to see his father’s former team, Hearts of Oak, draw 1-1 with Great Olympics in the Mantse derby, and the Phobians gave him a customised jersey.

Hudson-Odoi had a productive 2020-21 season, helping Chelsea win their second Champions League title.

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