Kevin-Prince Boateng wants a Ghana return because he can’t say no to a third World Cup, the midfielder has revealed.
Boateng, currently on the books of Las Palmas in the Spannish La Liga, has told CCTV Africa he is open to the idea of returning to the Black Stars two years after he was sent home from the 2014 World Cup on grounds of indiscipline but is adamant the charges that led to his expulsion were made up.
“There were people who had a problem with me,” he said. “I don’t know for what reason. They had their reason but they made them up. I think it was not the right decision that they kicked me out.”
The Ghana Football Association suspended Boateng indefinitely from the Black Stars at the time claiming he had hurled “vulgar verbal insults targeted at coach Kwesi Appiah”, the coach at the time.
The statement went on to explain that he had shown no remorse for his actions hence the decision to expell him.
His insistence two years on that he did no wrong in Brazil would make a return tricky but he is at least clear on his motivation for wanting to play for Ghana again.
“It is for every player a big dream to play a World Cup. If there would be a chance to play a third World Cup I would not say no.
“There are not a lot of players who can say they played in three World Cups. But before this happens we have to have a lot of talks because I don’t want to go back with a bad spirit. If I would go back, I want everything to be perfect so we can work perfect together.”
Boateng has been in fine form this season with four goals in eight games for Las Palmas in the Spanish La Liga, more than his goals tally for the last two seasons.
Any talks on a possible return would not just involve the Ghana Football Association. Boateng may also have to build bridges with some members of the team after claiming post Brazil 2014 that there were some players who were happy he had been sent home.
Boateng’s international career has been turbulent since he made his Ghana debut in 2010. He openly admitted he had opted for Ghana because German said no to him but has struggled to adapt since.
After a brilliant World Cup in 2010, he quit the Black Stars claiming he could not combine the twin demands of international football and club football.
But he was back in the Black Stars as qualification for Brazil 2014 beckoned and went on to represent the country before he was sent home.
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