Iñaki Williams: “Nico is a diamond in the rough that needs to be polished.”

Iñaki Williams recently made his debut for Ghana against Brazil. In an interview with Diario AS, he talks about the process of making a decision that honours his origins, his younger brother Nico, and going to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

On Ghana debut against Brazil

I am very happy, content and proud to fulfill a dream, the dream of my whole family, especially my grandparents, who helped me to make the decision I have made. I’m proud and I’m looking forward to playing again and to scoring a goal.

What is your first World Cup memory?

A goal by Ronaldo in the final against Germany in 2002, with that peculiar haircut, shaved and with a fringe. I have many others from Ghana, the one in the 2010 quarter-final when Asamoah Gyan missed the penalty against Uruguay. I was very sad because I was very connected to Ghana in that World Cup.

You watched it with your brother Nico, did you think about being there one day?

Very few people can play in a World Cup. If the coach calls me up, it will be a dream come true.

It’s curious that in the first call-up after you announced your decision to play for Ghana, Luis Enrique called Nico up for the Spain national team

It’s incredible. At the end of the day, my brother is ready to be a Spain player. He’s showing that he’s making progress, he’s gaining experience. He’s improving a lot in front of goal and the truth is, if I were Luis Enrique, I would also call Nico up. He’s a talent, a diamond in the rough that needs to be polished. He has a lot of room for improvement and hopefully, he can continue to improve.

On Spain vs Ghana

We’ve been talking about it as a joke at home. Let’s see who our parents would cheer for. Seeing us at the top level is exciting for them. And we want to repay them with things like this for what they’ve done for us.


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