FIFA WC Qualifiers:End of an era, Addo Opts to Exclude Ayew

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~ Ayew’s national team contribution

~ Ayew’s poor run in form

~ Family background

~ National Team Summoned Squad

~ #UgSportsNow

Ghanaian football star, Andre Ayew, has been notably left out of the squad selected by Ghana’s head coach, Otto Addo, for the upcoming 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

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The decision to exclude the seasoned 34-year-old forward and current captain of the Ghana Black Stars has sparked discussions within the football community.

Ayew’s national team contribution

André Ayew’s illustrious career is marked by his contributions to the Ghanaian national team, where he has garnered a reputation as a prolific goal scorer. With 24 goals in 120 appearances for the senior team, and an additional 4 goals during his time with the U-20 category, Ayew has been a key figure in Ghana’s football landscape.

His track record also includes triumphs at the Africa U-20 Cup of Nations in Rwanda in 2009 and the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Egypt in the same year.

Ayew’s poor run in form

In the 2021-2023 period, Ayew showcased his talent while playing for Al Sadd Sports Club in Qatar, notching an impressive 18 goals in 30 appearances. However, his subsequent move to Nottingham Forest in the English league in 2023 did not yield the expected results, as he failed to score in 13 appearances. Ayew then found a new home at Le Havre in France, where he managed to score 5 goals in 17 games.

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During the 2023/24 season, Ayew struggled to find the back of the net, tallying a total of 5 goals in 30 appearances.

Big stage name is Ayew

Having participated in three FIFA World Cup events (2010, 2014, and 2022) and featuring in eight Africa Cup of Nations tournaments (spanning from 2008 to 2023), Ayew has been a consistent presence on the international stage. Notably, he was a runner-up in the Africa Cup of Nations in 2010 and 2015, with a third-place finish in 2008 when Ghana hosted the tournament.

Family background

As the second-born son of renowned Ghanaian footballer Abedi “Pele” Ayew, a three-time African Footballer of the Year and FIFA 100 member, Ayew has football in his blood. He is part of a footballing family, with his brothers Ibrahim and Jordan also pursuing professional careers in the sport.

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International eligibility

Ayew’s international eligibility presented an interesting narrative, as he holds dual French and Ghanaian citizenship. Despite initially leaning towards representing France, he ultimately chose to play for Ghana, honoring his familial ties and aligning with his father’s legacy in Ghanaian football.

National Team Summoned Squad

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