The media in Zambia and sports blogs over the weekend reported that Ghana international goalkeeper William Amamoo is considering plans to switch nationality in order to play for the southern African national team.
The news follows the signing of Italian-born coach Dario Bonetti, whom the goalkeeper worked with during his career in Hungary.
In a statement to the press, the 25-year-old expressed shock and utter dismay at the rumour linking him to the Chipolopolo.
“This is a figment of someone’s imagination,” he said.
“I am a Ghanaian and remain loyal and committed to my beloved country Ghana and I have never considered switching nationality to Zambia. Ghana is where I belong.
“The news is totally preposterous and intended to sour my reputation and relationship with Ghanaians. My wish to return to the Black Stars is on course and I am happy to be working towards that here in Israel with my club Hapoel Petah Tikva.
“Moreover, Dario Bonetti, as the head coach, and Claudio Bozini [goalkeeper trainer] have not even approached me for anything of such nature and I don’t think they would dream of it. The news should not be taken seriously.”
Amamoo has remained a favourite and trusted goalkeepers of Bonetti after working with him in Hungary, and the feeling would appear to be mutual as the shot-stopper concluded: “I will not be surprised if Zambia become one of the strongest national teams on the continent from now onwards. I can also assure the goalkeepers that Caludio Bozini comes with a lot of experience and they will receive one of the best trainings because he helped me to win most awards in my football career.”