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Inaki Williams enunciated his thoughts about his dual nationality

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Inaki Williams enunciated his thoughts about his dual nationality

Inaki Williams enunciated his thoughts about his dual nationality

In the current world as we all become more international dual nationality is a complicated topic that is growing increasingly hot. Football can be highly scrutinized in this matter given the large number of players who have the possibility to represent two or even three different nations. It’s a challenging subject of identity that many people have trouble articulating. The Athletic Bilbao attacker Inaki Williams has articulated his thoughts about his dual nationality. 

He stated that while he feels Ghanian and loves his ancestral homeland, his culture is Spanish, and that is where his allegiance resides in international sport. He’s only played once for La Roja, in a friendly football match against Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2016, but he’s held off Ghana’s advances.

“I’m grateful to where I grew and became who I am,” Williams told Sid Lowe in an interview with The Guardian. “Ghana tried to convince me, but I was born in Spain, in Bilbao. I won’t ever forget my family roots, but I feel Basque and can’t con anyone. I would be comfortable with Ghana, I’m sure, but I shouldn’t be there. And my mum knows how people live football there: it’s quite something, and she’d be worried about me.”

“When my mum’s angry, she swears at us in Ghanian but we speak Spanish. When my parents came, it was English but we lost that. I could have a conversation in English but it’s not fluent now. When my grandparents call, I speak to them in Twi. I admire and love Ghana, the culture, food, tradition. My parents are from Accra and I really enjoy going. But I wasn’t born or raised there, my culture’s here, and there are players for whom it would mean more. I don’t think it would be right to take the place of someone who really deserves to go and feels Ghana 100%.”

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