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Only Wanderers coach Babbel called: Yeboah

Kwame Yeboah is set to make his A-League return for Western Sydney in Tuesday's match against Wellington.

Only Wanderers coach Babbel called: Yeboah

Kwame Yeboah is set to make his A-League return for Western Sydney in Tuesday's match against Wellington.

KWAME YEBOAH of the Roar celebrates after scoring a goal during the A-League match between the Brisbane Roar and the Western Sydney Wanderers at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.
KWAME YEBOAH of the Roar celebrates after scoring a goal during the A-League match between the Brisbane Roar and the Western Sydney Wanderers at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia. Picture:Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images

Kwame Yeboah decided he'd had enough of Germany when a German gave him a call.

Less than a month later, Yeboah is set to play under one of Germany's most-decorated defenders on Tuesday night when he makes his A-League return.


Yeboah on Monday was included in Western Sydney coach Markus Babbel's squad to face Wellington, in what will be his first appearance in Australia since leaving Brisbane in 2014.

It comes a week after his two-year contract with German third division club Fortuna Koln had been terminated early, Yeboah having been left frustrated by his lack of playing time.

The former Olyroos' representative was immediately linked with a number of Australian clubs, including Adelaide, Brisbane and Sydney FC, but he was swayed by a single factor.

"There were talks with a few clubs but Markus called me personally himself and he was the only coach to do that - not with my agents," Yeboah told AAP.

"For a coach to call me personally and talk to me properly, that's where I got my best feeling from. That's how I made my decision."

The 24-year-old revealed Central Coast coach Mike Mulvey, who brought Yeboah through six years ago at the Roar, had also rung him six months ago about re-uniting.

But Mulvey failed to ring him again this time.

"Of course (the Mariners) was an option for me. This time around, I didn't speak to him but, six months ago, we were just talking and he called me, asking how I am," Yeboah said.

"With Mike, there's a mutual respect there.

"Six months ago, it was in my head to consider coming home and play for Mike because he's the one that started my career off when I was 18 at the Roar.

"But this time around, Markus called me and I decided, 'I've got family in Sydney'."

Yeboah, a forward, is the fourth Wanderers signing by Babbel, whose attack has created the most chances in the league but is among the worst in goals scored.

Having spent four years with German giants Borussia Monchengladbach, without making their first division side, Yeboah hopes to spark a career that has seemingly stalled.

"Of course, I was frustrated. But you've also got others players. It's never easy, even though I re-signed there (in 2017). That was my choice at the time," he said.

"So I wanted to come back home to my family and play in Australia again, really, get my feet back on the ground for a year or two and see where it takes me."

STATS THAT MATTER:

* The Wanderers are undefeated in their past eight games against the Phoenix

* There have been 20 goals scored in the past four meetings between these two sides

* Wellington are aiming for what would be a club-record seventh-straight game without loss.

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