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Wel He Did turn his Beck On Us!

Danny Welbeck: the villain?

Danny Welbeck’s introduction to the England-Ghana match in the 80th minute was met with a large chorus of boos and jeers from the travelling away fans. Unfortunately for Welbeck, he could not have picked a worse time to make his England debut having just a matter of hours before he declined the opportunity to represent Ghana at International level.

Having chosen to play for the England U-21 squad and at other youth levels, Welbeck’s defence is that it was merely a natural progression to move into the senior squad. So was the reaction of the Ghanaian support a bit extreme? And has Welbeck made a wise career move?

Despite being of Ghanaian heritage, Welbeck was born and bred in Manchester, England. His talent was spotted during his early teenage years by an English club, Manchester United. One can only assume that his native tongue is English much like many of his peers at his club. Considering this it becomes evident to see why he may have felt a slightly closer allegiance to England than Ghana.

But perhaps Welbeck should have also taken into account the less successful international careers of other players of African or Caribbean heritage that have represented England: having turned down Nigeria, Shola Ameobi of Newcastle United FC was a promising prospect but found opportunities to break into the England team hard to come by following his debut. Carlton Cole, of Nigerian and Sierra Leonean descent, appears to have suffered the same fate. Prior to these examples, the likes of Ian Wright and Andy Cole found opportunities to represent England rather restricted, despite the latter being the second-highest goalscorer in the history of the Premier League. In fact, Emile Heskey remains England’s highest capped black striker and was still vastly unappreciated during his time.

In addition, Welbeck plays alongside Asamoah Gyan at Sunderland FC. The pair have forged an impressive partnership this season, amassing  a total of 16 goals thus far. One would presume that they could have continued and even developed this alliance for the Black Stars, had young Welbeck opted for Ghana.

It remains to be seen whether Welbeck’s decision may have an adverse affect on his future International career with England. But he is still young and, technically, not ineligible to represent Ghana until he plays in a competitive fixture for the Three Lions. A turnaround in decision appears unlikely, following the reception he was met with. It is his decision, however, and in hindsight of yesterday’s game, perhaps that it is better to save the jeers for the real villains of the game.

Kofi Gyamera-Mensa

Chale We Did It Couldn’t Have Asa For Moah!

If there’s one thing you can say about the Ghana vs England match last night it’s that the Black Stars where not short of supporters. Over 21,000 Ghanaians turned up to watch the game at Wembley stadium and from my sofa at home the display of black, yellow, green and red in the crowds was remarkable.

Now the score may have resulted in a draw but nevertheless the feeling of unity and togetherness didn’t go unrecognised even by England fans. When Asamoah Gyan scored the equalizing goal in the 90th minute of the game the excitement of the crowd was as if we had won the World Cup and why not.

To those who aren’t interested in football or are not Ghanaian you may not have been able to understand the importance of yesterday or why we were so excited about what took place but I’m sure for many it wasn’t even about football or even the final score but the opportunity to celebrate something that brings everyone together. Football is one of the biggest sports in the whole world and our country was part of that and for all those who bought a ticket to watch our boys play their heart out definitely got a gripping game.

When Gyan scored at the very last minute I can embarrassingly say I threw myself to the ground and flew into the corner table ALL Ghanaians have in their houses, you all know which ones I’m talking about the three tables small, medium, large which cup each other. Throughout the game my heart was beating like crazy,so when we finally got one in the back of the net all I was thinking is Thank God we didn’t lose.

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