Brighton and Hove Albion youngster Tariq Lamptey has successfully completed a nationality switch from his country of birth, England to Ghana, Dailymailgh.com can confirm.
The Ghana Football Association has finalized discussions with the versatile player to play for the Black Stars even before the 2022 Fifa World Cup in Qatar following his arrival in Ghana last week.
Dailymailgh.com understands that the Ghana Football Association have had fruitful discussions with the talented right-back cum winger and his family and would be named in coach Otto Addo’s next squad in September for the Afcon qualifiers double-header tie against Angola.
Lamptey has been on the wishlist of the Ghana Football Association and the news of his nationality switch will be warmly received with the AFCON qualifiers on the horizon who are desperate to have quality players in the transfer for 2022 FIFA World Cup tournament
He played for England at the youth level and recently received a call-up to the England U21 in March but is still eligible to play for the Black Stars and if the account of coach Freddie is anything to go by then the Brighton defender will be committing his future to the West African nation.
“He’s asked to be left out of the squad for a bit of head space. He’s not switched, it’s not cemented or anything like that.
“But he’s had an approach (from Ghana), we have to respect that. We’ve made it clear how important we see him to us. I know the seniors have as well. It’s not something that we’ve given up on. Tariq is fully aware of how important we see him.”
The English-born Ghanaian is expected to make his Black Stars debut in September when Ghana takes on Angola in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers in the double header.
By: D. N. A. MENSAH, Daily Mail GH /Follow the writer @SkipperWrites on Twitter