Ghana FA ready to move in on Brighton & Hove Albion's Tariq Lamptey
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Ghana FA ready to move in on Brighton & Hove Albion's Tariq Lamptey

The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has revealed that the governing body has opened talks with Brighton and Hove Albion defender Tariq Lamptey over his international future.

Lamptey is eligible to play for Ghana through his parents but has been playing for the England U20 national team which gives the Black Stars the opportunity to move in on him.

“In fact when I was watching him [Lamptey] on TV, the first thing I did was to call a couple of people and it was clear that he will be a good player for our national team, the Black Stars,” Executive Council member George Amoakoh told Nhyira FM.

“It is not going to be easy [to get him to switch international allegiance]. The national team's department is making serious efforts to get his parents and the boy to agree to play for Ghana.

“But it's not going to be easy. I don’t want to sound like its impossible, but it's not going to be easy.

“Most of the [Ghanaian] players born in Europe, if you want to entice them to come and play for Ghana, it is very difficult.

"They mostly aspire to play for their country of birth or host countries. Even their parents don’t opt for their children playing for Ghana."

Ghana national team head coach Charles Akonnor is also believed to be targeting the services of Anderlecht duo Francis Amuzu (Belgium) and Derrick Luckassen (Netherlands), Brian Brobbey of Ajax Amsterdam (Netherlands), Gent's Elisha Owusu (France), Strasbourg defender Alexander Djiku (France) and Enock Kwateng of Bordeaux (France).

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