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Ghana FA Explains Captain Andre Ayew’s Exclusion From Black Stars Friendlies Against Mexico, USA



Communications Director of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Mr. Henry Asante Twum has revealed why Captain Andre Dede Ayew was excluded from the Black Stars squad for the upcoming international friendlies against Mexico and United States of America.
The Black Stars of Ghana will take on Mexico at the Bank of America stadium Charlotte on Saturday, October 14, before finallly taking on the United States of America on Tuesday, October 17, 2023 in Nashville Tennessee.
The two friendly matches form part of the build up to the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers in November and the Africa Cup of Nations tournament scheduled to be held in Cote D’Ivoire.
The captain of the senior national team of Ghana was not named in the 23-man squad for the oncoming international friendlies, and according to the spokesperson of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), the technical team and the players reached a consensus before he was omitted from the team.
“Andre Ayew is the captain of the team, Andre has been with the team since 2007. He played in the AFCON 2008, he was one of the youngest players in that squad that finished third in the tournament in 2008 and since 2008 he has been an integral member of the team” Henry Asante said.
“He has risen from a member or just one member to an integral member, to a leader of the team, so he is not someone you can easily do away with or you can easily replace, however he has got his future to sort out” he added.
“At the moment he is club-less, he is talking to clubs, he is having meeting with clubs and he travels a lot, so the technical team spoke to him to make him understand that they want to excuse him from these two international friendlies so that he can sort out his future” The GFA spokesperson further disclosed.
Mr. Henry Asante said that Dede Ayew took it in good fate and gave his blessing to the team as far as the two matches are concerned and the technical team and in return, they also wished him well as he looks for a new team.
“So there is no problem as if the door is shut on him, it’s not as if the journey is over for him as far as the team is concerned and Andre brings a lot to this team” he reiterated.
“He is a useful part of the jigsaw, he brings experience to the table, he brings his leadership on and off the pitch. He provides loads of inspiration to some of these young players in the squad but for now the coaches feel he should focus on his future, sort out his club issues then he will be considered going forward.” Henry Asante Twum stated in a recent interview on Radio Gold Sports.

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