Tariq Lamptey, a defender for the Black Stars and Brighton and Hove Albion, has disclosed that his decision to play for Ghana was greatly affected by the immense love he felt during his first trip to the country in 2022.
Lamptey had played for England at various junior levels before choosing to represent Ghana at the senior level.
Lamptey spoke on the Citi Breakfast Show and expressed his appreciation for the warm welcome he got in Ghana and admitted that it swayed his decision.
He said that while there were many factors that led him to play for the Black Stars, one of them was the amazing feeling he got when he met the Ghanaian people during his charity foundation work.
“It was a number of things that went into it but one of them was when I was doing my charity foundation last summer, and you see the people and the amazing feeling that they give you. So that obviously made the decision.
“To be fair you don’t know what to expect when you come, and it was that time of the decision and like I said it was amazing, and I’m always grateful.”
Lamptey also praised his Black Stars teammates for making him feel at home in the national team and vowed to do better things for the team in the future.
“It was amazing, we have a very good team, we have a mixture of some great players in Europe, it was very easy, it was like a family, and we know what we can do.”
Lamptey who suffered an injury towards the end of the season is in Ghana for his Charity work. As part of the charity work the Brighton defender will host teams and take some players through coaching clinics and some basic football training.