Kevin Prince Boateng, a central midfielder with English club Portsmouth, has lately been in the news for all the wrong reason. The Ghanaian was accused of a malicious tackle on Chelsea's Michael Ballack during the FA Cup final with Pompey, which ended the German captain's dreams of participating in probably his last World Cup.
He was branded 'public enemy number one' once Germany captain Michael Ballack's WC hopes effervesced. Though he apologised to the fans, saying, "It was not intentional. I just came in too late and made full contact. It looks pretty stupid," there not too many takers in Germany.
To make matters worse, Boateng was born in Berlin to a Ghanaian father and a German mother and began his professional career at Hertha Berlin. He represented Germany at every youth level after making his Bundesliga debut in 2005 before joining English side Tottenham Hotspur in 2007. The FIFA gave him green signal to represent Ghana a couple of weeks ago. And Ghana was quick to apologise to Ballack.
In a quirk of fate, Ghana will face Germany in SA after being drawn alongside them in Group D, where they will also face Serbia and Australia.