Frustrated Blessing ready to ditch Ghana for USA
USA-based Ghanaian winger Latif Atta Blessing says he will consider playing for the Stars and Stripes should he receive an invitation.
Without a competitive senior appearance for Ghana, the 21-year-old, who moved to the USA last year, could be eligible to represent the Americans under Fifa's residency rules for a switch of international allegiance in some years.
His closest chance to earning a Ghana cap was in 2017 when he made the preliminary squad for the Africa Cup of Nations tournament.
“I will consider playing for the USA national team if they approach me," Blessing, currently on the books of Major League Soccer side Los Angeles FC, said, as reported by Graphic.
"I have been waiting for a Black Stars call-up for some time and it is not forthcoming.
"There are several players who have naturalised and are playing for other national teams, so this is not anything serious.
“Ghana does not take a keen interest in the welfare of former national stars.
"They abandon them after the players have sacrificed for the nation, but in the USA, it is the direct opposite.”
Blessing is famously remembered in Ghana for winning both the top scorer and best player awards in the domestic league in 2015-16 during his time with Liberty Professionals.
He netted 17 times to claim the goal-king accolade.
In January 2017, the playmaker moved to MLS side Sporting Kansas City, who initially loaned him out to Swope Park Rangers.
Last December, he transferred to Los Angeles FC.