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Anderlecht winger Francis Amuzu denies disrespecting Ghana amid backlash for World Cup comments

Published on: 24 May 2022
Anderlecht winger Francis Amuzu denies disrespecting Ghana amid backlash for World Cup comments
Francis Amuzu

Anderlecht winger Francis Amuzu has denied 'disrespecting' the Ghana Football Association following criticism of an interview he gave to Belgian media.

The 22-year-old responded to a question about his international future in an interview by saying that he prefers to play for Belgium over Ghana, where he was born.

Amuzu went on to say that he would rather play for Belgium than Ghana in the World Cup and that he hopes to be called up by the Red Devils ahead of this year's tournament in Qatar.

According to Amuzu Red Devils have a better chance than the Black Stars of going far.

“They [GFA] call my broker [agent] every day, but I keep it [the decision] off,” Amuzu told Het Nieuwsblad.

“Look, I was born in Ghana and when I'm there, I feel at home there because of the African atmosphere. My sporty heart lies with Belgium. With Belgium you can go very far at such a World Cup, with Ghana there is a real chance that you will be out quickly.”

The interview has gone viral on social media, with Ghanaians criticizing the young attacker and forcing him to issue a Twitter statement.

"I would like to make an official statement regarding false comments that have been circulating in the media today regarding the Black Stars."

"I have massive respect for my country of birth and I love my country Ghana. I will never disrespect the country, GFA or the amazing fans."

Amuzu has nine goals and three assists in 37 appearances this season for Anderlecht.

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