Ghana FA rubbishes 'lack of commitment' claims against Bilbao forward Inaki Williams

Mahmoud Elassal , Thursday 8 Jun 2023

Ghana's Football Association (GFA) Communications Director, Henry Asante Twum, has denied allegations of a lack of commitment against Inaki Williams, the Ghanaian forward for Athletic Bilbao.

Inaki Williams
Athletic Bilbao s Spanish forward Inaki Williams (2R) is challenged by Real Madrid s German defender Antonio Rudiger (R) and Real Madrid s Spanish midfielder Dani Ceballos during the Spanish league football match between Real Madrid CF and Athletic Club Bilbao at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on June 4, 2023. AFP


Twum confirmed that Williams' injury was the reason for his withdrawal from the Black Stars squad.

The 28-year-old has been struggling with a persistent injury, which has affected his conditioning in recent weeks.

Williams declined to join the Black Stars' 24-man squad to face Madagascar in the recent Africa Cup of Nations (CAF) qualifiers due to injury concerns. 

However, some football fans in Ghana have accused the Athletic Bilbao forward of intentionally turning down the invitation.

"The coaches hoped to have him for the match because it was just one game. We shouldn't dwell on those things. Inaki played in Kumasi, so why won't he go to Madagascar? In any case, if there was no proof that he is injured, then you can think that way and fabricate this to smear him," Asante Twum told Peace FM.

"But the Athletic club medical team sent a report to our medical team, led by Dr Pambo, of the scans and the treatment they had given the player during the last six to seven matches in the season. He was playing with injury so our medical team is fully aware of the situation, and we together made the decision," he added.

Ghana will face Madagascar on 18 June in Antananarivo in the 5th round of the AFCON 2023 qualifiers.

The Black Stars are currently leading Group E with eight points after playing four games so far, one point over second-placed Central African Republic.

Madagascar is at the tail end of the group’s ranking with only one point.

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