Fifa’s demand for Emmanuel Frimpong’s nationality switch is “unnecessary” – GFA

The Ghana FA boss is unhappy with the bureaucratic nature in which the world’s football governing body is handling the midfielder’s nationality switch
The president of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Kwesi Nyantakyi, has described Fifa’s demands in respect of Emmanuel Frimpong’s nationality switch as “unnecessary.”

The GFA has since last year applied to the world’s football governing body to process the nationality switch of the 20-year-old to enable him to play for the Black Stars after representing England at the youth level.

Both Frimpong and the GFA did submit all the required documents to facilitate the process.

It emerged earlier this week that Fifa wants the west African football governing body to submit clearance letters from all the other individual football federations in UK before the process can be finalised.

In a swift response, Nyantakyi said the Sepp Blatter-led body has employed an unprecedented approach.

“Fifa wants us to go to all the individual UK football federations to seek clearance and I think this is an unnecessary demand but if that is their rule, with all due respect, we will adhere to it,” Nyantakyi told Ghana.

He also added that the reason why Frimpong’s switch has stalled is because some of the people they have written to have taken time to respond.

Frimpong has had his career lately blighted by injuries. The Arsenal midfielder was loaned out to relegated Wolves last season.