After declaring for the country of his birth, Emmanuel Frimpong’s introduction to international football is being held up by FIFA red tape (and his unavailablity due to injury of course).
Because he’s represented England at under-age level, special dispensation is required from the game’s governing body, similar to what England will require if they call up Carl Jenkinson.
The head of the Ghanaian FA, Kwasi Nyantakyi, told local radio, “The matter is still with FIFA due to some documentation they need from the other football associations in the UK.”
“This piece of documentation has dragged the issue but we are hopeful before the end of the year the issue will be resolved to give him the chance to come and play in the Nations Cup if the coach so wishes.”
Of course much will depend on Frimpong getting regular football and with the Arsenal midfield a highly competitive and high quality place, he may well need to go out on loan again.
There have been suggestions he could go back to Wolves, where he was due to spend a season until damaging his cruciate ligament, and after a number of reserve fixtures he could, along with Jack Wilshere, make a first team return in the Capital One Cup at the end of the month.