Inaki Williams opens up on fulfilling late grandfather’s wish by representing Ghana at AFCON

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Athletic Bilbao’s forward, Inaki Williams, has announced his eagerness to participate in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast as a member of the Ghanaian national team, the Black Stars.

The decision to switch nationalities was made by the Spain-born forward in June 2022 following a conversation with his grandfather. Tragically, his grandfather passed away just a few months after Williams’ debut for Ghana.

The 29-year-old shared that playing in the tournament holds significant meaning for him as it represents a commitment he made to his family. Speaking at a pre-match press conference ahead of the game against Sevilla, Williams emphasized the importance of fulfilling the promise he made to his late grandfather.

“It means a lot. It is a promise at the family level. It is something nice for me,” he expressed. “My grandfather passed away last summer, and I know that he would be very excited if he could play in this Africa Cup.”

Having already made nine appearances for Ghana, including scoring the winning goal in the World Cup qualifiers opener against Madagascar in November, Williams is set to join the Black Stars next week for preparations leading up to the prestigious tournament in Ivory Coast.


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