New York City FC midfielder Poku ready for Ghana call up

Exclusive: The Skyscraper Blues midfielder believes he is now ready to serve his motherland following his incredible debut season in Major League Soccer

Ghanaian midfielder Kojo Poku insists he is now eyeing a call up from Ghana coach Avram Grant after his successful debut season in Major League Soccer.

The 23-year-old, who joined New York City FC from second-tier side Atlanta Silverbacks last June, stole the headlines on Wednesday after he scored two goals when his side shared the spoils 2-2 with Columbus Crew SC, who handed Ghana defender Harrison Afful his debut game at the Columbus Stadium.

Poku latched on to a perfect through pass from David Villa and shot past goalkeeper Steve Clark in the 57th minute to cancel out Kei Kamara's opener before putting New York City ahead in the 67th minute. Congolese midfielder Cedric Mabwati Gerard struck to level the score in the 72nd minute for Columbus Crew.

"I'm ready to play for Ghana because that's my country of birth," Poku told Goal. "But what many people should understand is that I'm not a typical striker [like Asamoah Gyan].

"Although I make runs and create chances in opponents' goal area but that doesn't make me an out-and-out striker. I'm ready whenever the call to duty comes."

Poku also revealed that he is elated playing along with Pirlo, Villa and Frank Lampard but believes the experience will be very useful in the future.

"I watched Pirlo, Villa and Lampard playing when I was still young and it's a privilege to share the same hotel and dressing rooms with them.

"I'm getting used to the American game after my two-year stay but I'm still learning a lot from the world class players in and around my team for the future. The league is fast developing and it's not a retiring place as many people perceive."

Poku has played 18 games out of 25 this season, scoring four goals and providing seven assist as New York City lie 7th on the MLS log with 28 points.