Andre Ayew Ruled Out of AFCON Qualifier Against Angola | Andre Ayew, the captain of the Black Stars will not be able to travel with the squad for the forthcoming Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Angola owing to a knee injury he received on Thursday during training.
He slipped on his way to the dressing room and that caused the 33-year-old seasoned player hurt his knee. According to the Ghana Football Association, Ayew would need to go back to his club for more medical attention (GFA).
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Andre Ayew Ruled Out of AFCON Qualifier Against Angola
Apart from Ayew, Ghana will also miss the services of Alexander Djiku, Mohammed Salisu, and Denis Odoi, who were not included in the traveling squad due to their respective injuries. The Ghana Football Association has extended its best wishes to them for a quick recovery.
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Ayew’s Omission in Ghana’s Recent Victory
Ayew was omitted from Ghana’s 21-man squad in their recent 1-0 victory over Angola at the Baba Yara Stadium. The 33-year-old forward sat on the substitutes bench while Arsenal’s Thomas Partey took on the captaincy. Ghana’s new head coach, Chris Hughton has revealed why he made such a difficult decision. He went on to add that Andre Ayew’s talent is well appreciated and acknowledged but in difficult times like this the rest of the team is equally equipped to do the job.
Hughton stressed that Ayew is still an important member of the club and that his talent is not diminished by his absence from the game. “As head coach, you must make difficult decisions.” “You are aware of Andre’s talent, but you are also aware of the talent of the rest of the team,” Hughton remarked. “Ultimately, it was my choice not to play him, but that doesn’t reflect on his abilities as a player.”
Upcoming Match Against Angola
The Black Stars will fly to Luanda on Saturday afternoon ahead of the March 27, 2023 encounter. Despite the absence of Ayew and other key players, Ghana is determined to defeat Angola and advance to the next round of the Africa Cup of Nations.
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