Ghana keen to call up Boateng

ACCRA - Ghana have asked FIFA to switch the nationality of former Germany youth player Kevin Prince Boateng in the hope he will be eligible for the World Cup finals, the country's football association said on Thursday.

"We have been in regular touch with Kevin and he understands we want this to happen, the coach (Milovan) Rajevac is keen on him and we were the ones who initiated this process," Ghana FA vice president Fred Pappoe said on the association's website.

Portsmouth midfielder Boateng was born in Germany to a Ghanaian father. He has won eight caps at under-21 level for Germany.

If cleared to play for Ghana in time for the World Cup, Boateng could come up against his younger brother Jerome, who has featured in three of Germany's last four internationals. Ghana are in Group D with Germany, Serbia and Australia for the June 11-July 11 finals in South Africa.

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