…Inaki Williams Uncommitted To National Team
Although Liberia newly appointed Coach James Salinsa Debbah has named Atletico Bilbao mesmerizing forward born to a Liberian mother and a Ghanaian father to the Liberian national team, unconfirmed reports say the forward has not committed to playing for Liberia. The Liberian FA and coach Debbah have yet to say what efforts are being made or were made to bring Williams to the team. He was recently named in Liberia’s Lone Stars Afcons squad that is expected to play the Hawks of Togo on the 24th of June in Lome.
“The Hispano-Ghanaian forward was in fine fettle at the Camp Nou, despite his side’s inability to bring home the Spanish Cup” wrote Ed Dove for Goal.com this week, as Atletico lost to Barcelona. Ed Dove is a respected African football analyst and reporter who also writes globally for respected sport publications on African football, including the respected Bleacher Report. “Hispano-Ghanaian forward Inaki Williams scored for Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey final against Barcelona, but was unable to help the Basque side avoid a 3-1 defeat.”
Inaki Williams since being named to the Lone Stars squad is yet to comment on his name being placed on the team list, and probably unaware Liberia has fielded his name. He had a successful year this season for Atletico and coach Avram Grant of the Black Stars will be keen on “pursuing Williams further to join the Black Stars, and given their recent success which saw Ghana booked a ticket to the last three World Cups consecutively plus putting in a good record on the continental level, it is all but tempting to say, that he would first want to play for a successful Black Stars team before committing to play for Liberia which is one of the worst African teams on the continent right now,” says a Liberian football analyst.
“The 2014-15 season will be remembered as a breakout campaign for the 20-year-old, who has taken his first impressive steps of a nascent professional career. While his memorable year ultimately ended in defeat at the Camp Nou, Williams delivered an outstanding performance—hitting the woodwork and scoring a late consolation—and demonstrated his class against truly elite opponents.” Wrote Goal.com on May 30th.
The Ghanaian press have consistently referred to Inaki Williams as a Ghanaian. Said spyghana.com online on May 15 this year in this banner “Ghanaian Inaki Williams break record to become Spanish La Liga’s fastest player”
Williams have already appeared for the Spanish under 21 national team twice this year, although he is qualify to still play for Ghana or Liberia if he chooses, but in a recent interview he granted early this year in Spain the forward said, “you hear people say ‘A black player at Atletico Bilbao? We’ve never seen that before.’ I just laugh. My name is Inaki and I’m from Basque,” he told Thinking Football.
“My parents came here over two decades ago and I can identify with the stories because they did so much for me. I was born here, I’ve been here for 20 years and although you never forget your roots, I feel Basque.” Given those explanations and the interest from Ghana and his recent fine form for the Spanish under 21, it is most unlikely Williams will be playing for Liberia any time soon, say reports unless convincing explanations are given by the FA and Coach Debbah.
Inaki Williams pic: www.proventalents.com