I will always grateful to my parents for risking their lives – Nico Williams

Athletic Bilbao attacker, Nico Williams has expressed his appreciation to his parents for risking their lives to ensure they have a better future.

Nico’s parents, Felix and Maria left the shores of Ghana to search for a better life as they walked through the Sahara desert.

The couple ended up walking most of the trip that originally was taking them to the United Kingdom, as they were stranded halfway by the gang that had taken their savings.

They were arrested in the Spanish enclave of Melilla, in the north of Africa, and to help gain political asylum they were advised by a lawyer to say they were from war-torn Liberia rather than Ghana.

Reflecting on the sacrifices by his parent, Nico, who plays for the Spanish national team was full of gratitude after the risk taken by his parent.

“Thanks to God we are all here together now, living a really good life. My parents are getting to watch their sons prosper, which is why they came here. Everything we do is for our parents,” he told the BBC.

“They risked their lives so that we, my brother and I, have a better future. And they achieved that. I will forever appreciate what my father and my mother did for us – they are fighters, they instilled in us respect, hard work, every day, that nobody gifts you anything.

“The truth is I am so proud to be able to have them as parents, and I try to do everything possible so that they feel proud to have me as a son,” he added.

Nico’s senior brother, Inaki Williams opted to play for Ghana.

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