La Liga star reveals reason for selecting Korea that surprised him [FIFA World Cup]
Iñaki Williams (29, Athletic Club) shared why he decided to play for the Ghana national team in the 2022 FIFA Qatar World Cup finals.
Born in 1994, he was selected for Spain’s under-21 national team in 2015 and even made his A match debut in 2016. When Inaki Williams chose Ghana, Korea, the opponent in the second match of Group H in the round of 32 of the Qatar World Cup, also became nervous due to the unexpected situation.
Williams was showing off his skills by being selected as the African MVP for the first half of 2022-23 in Spanish La Liga, which ranked second in the UEFA league rankings. This is why his statement in an interview with sports channel ESPN, “I have also received an offer to join the Spanish national team for the Qatar World Cup,” sounds convincing.
Iñaki Williams said, 스포츠토토“My grandfather, who passed away not long ago, wanted me to participate in the Qatar World Cup as a member of the Ghana national team rather than Spain. “I am happy that he will be proud of his grandson (in heaven).”
The reason for the sudden change in atmosphere was reported by Mundo Deportivo, one of Spain’s four major sports newspapers, in June 2022, saying, “Iñaki Williams has conveyed his desire to focus on Athletic Club to the Ghana Football Association.” I meant it.
According to Mundo Deportivo, Iñaki Williams was not attracted to participating in the Qatar World Cup. A player’s thought was even introduced to Spain, saying, “It is disrespectful to players born in Ghana to play in the finals even though they lived in Spain and did not contribute anything to passing the preliminaries.”
His younger brother, Athletic Club junior Nico Williams (21), turned down an offer from the Ghana Football Association and has been playing for the Spanish national team since the World Cup in Qatar, scoring 2 goals and assisting 4 times in 10 A matches. Inyaki must have felt the same way.
However, when his parents and grandfather also encouraged him to “be proud of your roots,” Inaki Williams made a different choice than Nico. “He went to Ghana this summer as well,” he said, noting that he would not ignore his heritage.
Iñaki Williams has 68 points and 44 assists in 317 games in Spain’s La Liga. Next to the Champions League, he also showed his skills in the finals of the UEFA Europa League, a club competition, with 7 goals and 4 assists in 26 games.
Korea lost 2-3 to Ghana, where Inaki Williams played until the end without being replaced as the starting central striker. However, thanks to a 0-0 draw in the first game against Uruguay and a 2-1 win in the third game against Portugal, they passed Group H in second place and advanced to the round of 16 of the Qatar World Cup.