Up and coming Ghanaian midfielder Kwadwo Poku turned down a chance to play for the United States of America, after being approached by Jurgen Klinsmann, and is now pleased with his debut for the Black Stars.
Poku played for Ghana in their 1-1 draw against Canada in midweek, and has now gone back to his club, New York City FC.
He replaced Jordan Ayew toward the end of the game, and hopes to regain a spot in what was mainly a fringe team on Wednesday. Ghana next play Comoros in November.
“It feels good. It was my first time in the team and playing with these guys is different – although I’m from there, it’s really different playing with guys you’ve never played with,” Poku told MLSsoccer.
“I know people back home – even my parents – will look at this, and it’s something I’ve always dreamed about. It’s been a long journey, but hopefully, intending to God, it’s working out fine.”
Marcel De Jong scored for Canada and Albert Adomah equalised for Ghana in the international friendly.
“I think it was a good game and the fans enjoyed it. I can say I did pretty well. So it’s been good – we needed a win but we will accept the draw,” said Poku.
“Everybody was telling me, ‘great job’. That’s one thing they were looking to bring to the team, because they didn’t have that type of guy who wants to get the ball and just make something happen. I think they are happy to have me,” he added.