Nigeria Vs Ghana World Cup Play-off: Hudson-Odoi Switches Allegiance To Play For Black Stars
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By Our Correspondent With Agency Report
Ahead of next month’s 2022 World Cup qualifying play-off between Nigeria and Ghana, Chelsea winger, Callum Hudson-Odoi have switched his international football career to play for the Black Stars, www.bestchoicesports.com.ng understands.
The Super Eagles of Nigeria will battle the Black Stars of Ghana in a two-leg play-off between March 23 and 29th.
And the 21 years old Hudson-Odoi have decided to play for the four-time Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON champions after meeting the yet to be appointed coach Chris Hughton.
Hughton, 68-year-old, held meeting with Hudson-Odoi and his father Bismark Odoi at Labadi Royal Beach Hotel in Accra on Sunday afternoon.
Hughton is favourite to replace Milovan Rajevac as Ghana national team coach after the Serbian was sacked last week.
The Chelsea Academy graduate has been a long term target by the Ghana Football Association [GFA] among other Ghanaian players in Europe.
Multiple reports in Ghana claim that Hudson-Odoi who has been in the country for a short break from England, was convinced by the project of the former Brighton and Hove Albion manager for Ghana and has decided to switch allegiance.
The 21-year-old has represented England three times at senior level but is eligible for a nationality switch because all three appearances came before his 21st birthday and none came at a major tournament.
Reports also suggest that Chris Hughton will meet Brighton right-back Tariq Lamptey and Mohammed Salisu of Southampton next month to convince them to play for Ghana.
Rajevac was dismissed following Ghana’s disastrous performance at the 2021 AFCON in Cameroon.
Hughton is expected to be in the dugout when Ghana will battle out with Nigeria for a ticket to the 2022 FIFA World Cup playoff in March.
Additional report: footballghana