DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Joy for the Williams household of Spain on Wednesday on the World Cup. Then despair for a similar Williams household, who’re additionally of Ghana, on Thursday.
Williams brothers Iñaki and Nico have managed to mark each side of their household’s heritage in a exceptional method at this World Cup in Qatar by taking part in for 2 totally different international locations.
They had been each born in Spain however their dad and mom are from Ghana.
Nico was a part of the younger Spain group that beat Costa Rica 7-0 on Wednesday within the event’s most compelling efficiency to this point. He got here on as a second-half substitute to make his World Cup debut in Spain’s file win on the event.
A day later, large brother Iñaki performed his first World Cup sport for Ghana, a 3-2 loss to Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal.
That meant a sophisticated 24 hours within the household house again in Spain with celebrations for 20-year-old Nico little doubt swiftly adopted by commiserations for 28-year-old Iñaki. The similar for the 2 brothers, who Ghana coach Otto Addo mentioned each really feel as Spanish as they do Ghanaian.
“I know that they both have a good strong relationship with their mother and their fatherland,” was how Addo put it.
Because of his love for his dad and mom’ nation, Iñaki’s integration into the Ghana group has been very straightforward, Addo added, even when he was born in Bilbao and raised within the Basque area.
Iñaki, a ahead similar to Nico, performed the entire sport for Ghana towards Portugal and stood within the heart circle at Stadium 974 in Doha on the finish along with his fingers on his head and looking out bitterly upset with the loss.
“Maybe for some it’s difficult to understand but I think it’s really possible to have two countries in your heart,” Addo mentioned of Iñaki. “And surely he has Ghana in his heart from day one. But also Spain.”
The story behind the scenario includes their dad and mom’ determination to depart Ghana practically 30 years in the past to discover a higher life in Europe.
Never might Felix and Maria Williams have thought they might find yourself with two sons taking part in on the World Cup after they trekked barefoot via elements of a desert and climbed a fence to get into Spain within the early Nineties.
Maria was pregnant with Iñaki on the time.
They settled in Bilbao and each boys grew as much as be soccer gamers.
They nonetheless play membership soccer collectively for his or her hometown group Athletic Bilbao.
The brothers’ careers have at all times been linked, even after Iñaki determined this yr to change allegiance to Ghana and return to his roots. Them taking part in for 2 totally different international locations within the area of 24 hours was not the primary time it has occurred.
Iñaki made his debut for Ghana on Sept. 23 this yr towards Brazil. Nico made his first look for Spain towards Switzerland a day later.