African footballers. Ghanaian-German footballer Ransford-Yeboah Königsdörffer achieved his dream by playing his first match for Ghana on Tuesday where he represented his home.
The attacker came on in the 82nd minute of Ghana’s 1-0 win over Nicaragua in Lorca, Spain, in an international friendly.
Ransford came on in place of goalscorer Fatawu Issahaku, but failed to make a lasting impact with the remaining time to the game. Issahaku scored the only goal in the 1-0 win against the Central American side at the Estadio Francisco Artés Carrasco.
Königsdörffer, a Hamburger SV player, declared his intention to play for Ghana in June and received his first call-up for this month’s pre-World Cup friendlies against Brazil and Nicaragua wrote ghanasoccernet.
However, Otto Addo did not give the forward enough time to impress Ghanaians.
He will be hoping to make the final squad for the World Cup in Qatar in 2022, where the Black Stars will face Portugal, South Korea, and Uruguay.
Ransford-Yeboah Königsdörffer is not the first footballer to choose his hometown over a European country. There have been other African footballers who have chosen to play for their Africa countries like Nigerian-German footballer Leon Balogun who chose Nigeria over Germany with no regrets.
Who is Ransford-Yeboah Königsdörffer?
Ransford-Yeboah Königsdörffer (born 13 September 2001) is a professional footballer who plays as a right winger for 2. Bundesliga club Hamburger SV. He is also a former youth international for Germany, and has since switched allegiances to represent Ghana internationally.
Being born to a Ghanaian father and a German mother, Königsdörffer was able to choose to represent either the countries at international level.
On 2 September 2021, he made his official debut for the German under-21 national team, coming in as a substitute for Youssoufa Moukoko at the 73rd minute of a 6-0 win against San Marino in the 2023 European Under-21 Championship qualifiers.
In July 2022, the president of the Ghana FA, Kurt Okraku, announced that Königsdörffer was one of the few players that had officially switched allegiances to represent the Ghanaian senior national team internationally. He debuted with Ghana as a late substitute in a 1–0 friendly win over Nicaragua on 27 September 2022.