Posted On Wednesday, 24th April 2013
By Akyereko Frimpong Manson
Ghana U20 coach Sellas Tetteh has included Espanyol starlet Paul Quaye, a nephew of Hearts of Oak legend, Shamo Quaye, in his preliminary 41-man squad for the 2013 FIFA U20 World Cup.
The 17-year-old, a former schoolboy from Aspire Academy, is the youngest foreign player to have ever make an appearance in the Spanish Primera División after he came off the bench to play in Espanyol’s 5-1 win over Rayo Vallecano last season.
Quaye made a total of three first team appearances for Espanyol last season while still at a tender age of 16.
Espanyol’s turbulent season has however contributed to his inability to break into the first team squad but trainer Javier Guirre, who was took charge four months ago is likely to hand him a first team call-up before the end of the season.
Quaye’s mother is a brother to the late Shamo Quaye who earned his name during his stint with Ghanaian giants Hearts of Oak.
He believes the call-up offers an opportunity for him to advertise his talent at the world stage but first he has to convince Sellas Tetteh he deserves a place in his squad to Turkey in June.
“It is always great to be called upon by the nation and it comes with an extraordinary feeling. I believe in my abilities and what I can offer the team but first I have to convince the coach that I’m capable and deserve to be in the team,” he exclusively told Ghanasoccernet.com.
Quaye has made 18 appearances for Espanyol II and scored thrice from a holding midfield position.