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Stephen Appiah tips Emmanuel Boateng for Ghana success

14:31 GMT+3 21/05/2018
Emmanuel Boateng
The former Black Stars skipper speaks on one of the team's latest additions

Ghana technical coordinator Stephen Appiah has good wishes and hopes for Levante youngster Emmanuel Boateng ahead of his involvement with the national set-up for the first time. 

The 21-year-old is one of two debutants on coach James Kwesi Appiah's 21-man list for friendlies against Japan and Iceland on May 30 and June 7 respectively. 

He caught global attention on the penultimate matchday of this term's La Liga when he scored a magnificent hat-trick against champions Barcelona.

The exploit made him the first player since Diego Forlan in 2005 to register a league treble against the Blaugrana.

“I have watched some of his matches and indeed he is a very good player,” Appiah told Ghanaweb

“He showed it when they played against Barcelona because it’s not every youngster who has that character or that confidence to play against Barcelona and score three goals.

“I think that now he has the chance to play for the national team, so I’m wishing him good luck and I know he will do well.”

Boateng, who ended the season with six goals in 25 league matches involving 10 starts, made a transfer to Levante last summer in a four-year deal from Portuguese side Moreirense.

He initially joined Rio Ave in 2013 before moving to Moreirense in 2015.

The Accra-born represented Ghana at the 2015 Fifa Under-20 World Cup in New Zealand, where he netted the solitary goal in a 1-0 triumph over Panama.