Former Ghana U17 defender Najeeb Yakubu has openly declared that he is ready to become the first black footballer to represent Ukraine at the senior national team level.
The 20-year-old featured prominently for Ghana’s Black Starlets in 2017 at the FIFA U17 World Cup in India where the team reached the quarter-finals.
Najeeb has since not earned a call up into any of the Ghana national teams including the U20, U23 or the senior national team.
After spending three seasons at Vorskla Poltava and scoring twice in 30 games for the top-flight league he feels he is ready to make history with the Ukraine national team.
“Yes, I want to become the first black player in the Ukrainian national team. I want to. If there is such an opportunity, I will certainly agree. I just want to, I like it in your country. Ukraine is my second home,” he revealed.
“Ghana is the home where I grew up. But … I love Ukraine, “Glory to Ukraine.” And one more thing: “I’m a fine lad. Here, I have friends. There is Gio – the U-20 world champion. If I am called in three years (when it will be possible to obtain Ukrainian citizenship), I will agree,” he added.
“Of course, I want to help Shevchenko’s team and there is no turning back,” Yakubu concluded.
He is regarded as one of the highly-rated U-21 full-backs in European football following his dazzling performances on his new role as a left-wing-back.