The Darmstadt wing opens on its first invitation to the West Africans’ national setup
Germany-born striker Braydon Manu has suggested that his call to Ghana’s national team may have been undeserved.
The 24-year-old, born of Ghanaian parents in the German city of Hamburg, has been included in the Black Stars squad for their recent qualifiers in 2022 against Ethiopia and South Africa as a late call.
He joined the outfit of CK Akonor along with fellow German-born player Daniel-Kofi Kyereh.
‘I was surprised and initially thought it was fake. I honestly did not believe it, “said Manu. Ahutor FM.
“[Ghana technical director] Benhard Lippert called to inform me that I was being considered for the Black Stars. I was happy but also very surprised because I personally did not think I played enough games to earn a call. But then I felt that they might have seen something that others had not seen.
‘Initially, CK Akonnor said that they were just watching me [GFA deputy general secretary] Alex Asante called to ask for my passport details. I was like: wow God is good. ”
Unlike Kyere, who played in Ghana’s 1-0 home win over Ethiopia on match day one of the qualifiers, Manu watched both matches from the stands.
Manu plays club football for the German second-tier team Darmstadt. So far this season, the wing has appeared in two of the club’s five Bundesliga 2 matches, appearing as a substitute in both matches.
‘It makes me incredibly proud that I was chosen for my father’s homeland. I grew up with the culture, speak the language and have always felt like a Ghanaian, ‘he told his club Official Website after his call before joining the Ghana camp.
‘I know the enthusiasm and emotions that the Black Stars cause over Ghana, and it’s amazing that I’m part of this team now.
‘When I found out about this, I was speechless at first. And it rarely happens to me (laughs). I still can not really believe it and will probably only realize it once I have reached the national team. ”
Manu are hoping for a recall when Ghanaian coach CK Akonnor announces his next squad for next consecutive matches against Zimbabwe.