Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

24 April 2014

Ghana: The Prince Amongst Them - KP Boateng's Bumpy Ride

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Kevin Prince Boateng has been synonymous with controversy for much of his career. Since making his debut for Ghana in 2010, he has retired, unretired and divided opinion amongst supporters of the Black Stars. But he's matured a lot since his early years and will be a vital asset for Ghana both on and off the pitch.

Nationality in sport is becoming an increasingly abstract concept. In cricket, it is mostly South Africans who leave their natives to seek a career elsewhere and there is no need to mention the jokes around the English cricket team's penchant for employing them.

In soccer, things are slightly different. With so many African immigrants in Europe, it is not uncommon for players with African heritage to represent European countries. Sometimes, though, the tables turn and players are wooed by African countries away from their European promise.

One such player is Kevin Prince Boateng. Born in Berlin to a German mother and a Ghanaian father, the 27-year-old has had a slightly controversial journey to making his international bow. He made his international debut for Ghana in 2010, a country he had never visited in his life prior to the decision. It ...

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