Williams’ brothers in Qatar with different teams


Brothers, teammates, and, now, World Cup rivals.

Athletic Bilbao forwards Iñaki and Nico Williams are set to become the latest brothers to play for different countries in a World Cup.

Iñaki Williams was selected by Ghana yesterday, and his younger brother Nico Williams had been picked by Spain last week.

They will be repeating the feat of the Boateng brothers, who played for different nations in 2010 in South Africa and in 2014 in Brazil. Jerome Boateng was a central defender with Germany, while the older Kevin-Prince Boateng was an attacking midfielder with Ghana.

The Boatengs, who played against each other in both tournaments, were born to a Ghanaian father and were raised by separate mothers in Germany.

The Williams brothers were born in Spain to Ghanaian parents who made the long journey to Europe looking for a better life.

To make it to Spain, they had to ride on the back of a crowded truck and walk barefoot through the Sahara desert, according to Iñaki Williams.

His mother was already pregnant with him when the couple were detained while trying to enter Spain.

They eventually received political asylum after taking advice from a charity worker who told them to say they had fled a civil war in Liberia.

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