President of Ghana, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo has implored the Ministry of Youth and Sports to explore the possibility of luring Chelsea star Callum Hudson-Odoi switching his nationality.
Hudson-Odoi, who is currently on holidays in Ghana, paid a courtesy call on the presidency on Monday June 7 2021 at the Jubilee House and presented the sitting president with a Chelsea jersey.
The Chelsea star, dressed in a sky blue caftan, who helped the London-based outfit to annex the UEFA Champions League last month was also at the nation’s capital on Sunday to catch a glimpse of the Ga Mantse Derby between Hearts of Oak and city rivals Great Olympics, where he was swarmed by supporters of the Phobians who presented the club’s customized jersey to Odoi – whose father, Bismark Odoi played for Ghana’s oldest existing club – chose to play for England instead of Ghana in 2019.
But the sitting president has urged the Sports Ministry together with the Ghana Football Association to lure the 20-year-old winger switch his nationality and feature for Ghana.
The president took to his official Twitter account to write:
“On Monday, 7th June 2021, Ghanaian-born Chelsea footballer, Callum Hudson-Odoi, paid a courtesy call on me at Jubilee House, the seat of our nation’s presidency.”
“Amongst others, I urged the Minister for Youth and Sports to explore the possibility of having Callum switch nationality, and play for the Black Stars.”
Eligible for both England and Ghana, Hudson-Odoi has represented England at every age group from under-16 to under-19 level.
On 22 March 2019, Odoi became the youngest-ever player to make his debut in a competitive match for England, aged 18 years and 135 days, breaking the record set by Duncan Edwards in 1955 by 40 days, when he came on as a 70th-minute substitute in a 5–0 win over the Czech Republic at Wembley Stadium.