Ghana captain Andre Ayew will be leading the Black Stars on the field in Qatar but he has set himself a high target of ensuring the team enjoys a once in a lifetime opportunity later this year on the desert.
The iconic Ghana captain is based in Qatar where he plays his club football for Al sadd, and was their leading goal scorer in the just ended season with 12 league goals.
He will be welcoming the world to the Arabian gulf later this year, but his main focus is ensuring the Ghana Football association have all the information they need about the country to help their decision making that will aid the team’s preparations before and during the World Cup.
Ayew has sent congratulatory messages to his national team mates after they defied odds and qualified for the World Cup in his absence which was caused by suspension over a questionable red card he received during the AFCON.
GHANAsoccernet.com sources close to the Ghana skipper say he is an all hands on deck captain who is in touch with his younger team-mates who look up to him as their mentor, and is determined to ensure that they make history together like they did in South Africa in 2010.
Ayew has grown leaner, making a massive decision to look after his body by changing his diet and hiring a private trainer to ensure he’s in the best of shapes as shown by his impressive goal-scoring first season with Al Sadd, where he laughed all the way to help his team win the Qatari League.
“We are going to try and do everything positive to make our country proud and make sure that we leave everything on the pitch,” the Ghana captain told GHANAsoccernet.com, Ghana’s best football news portal.
Ghanian footballer Andre Ayew arrives for the draw for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center on April 1, 2022. (Photo by DENOUR / AFP) (Photo by DENOUR/AFP via Getty Images)
Ghana’s World Cup Group
The Black Stars will come up against familiar faces when they take on Portugal in their first group game.
Ghana put up a gallant display but eventually lost 2-1 to Cristiano Ronaldo’s team before coming up against South Korea who are led by Tottenham’s goal machine Son Heung-min.
The final group game is one that most Ghanaians will be quite familiar with after Suarez turned into a goalkeeper to keep out a goalbound Dominic Adiyiah header that would have taken the stars to the last four of the World cup in 2010. That game will have a lot of emotions written all over it.
(Top L-R) Ghana’s defender Abdul Rahman Baba, midfielder Thomas Partey, defender Daniel Amartey, goalkeeper Joe Wollacott, midfielder Daniel-Kofi Kyereh, (bottom L-R) defender Alexander Djiku, forward Jordan Ayew, forward Andre Ayew, forward Kamaldeen Sulemana, defender Andy Yiadom and forward Abdul Fatawu Issahaku pose prior to the during the Group C Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) 2021 football match between Ghana and Comoros at Stade Roumde Adjia in Garoua on January 18, 2022. (Photo by Daniel BELOUMOU OLOMO / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL BELOUMOU OLOMO/AFP via Getty Images)
Five remarkable stats about Ghana skipper Andre Ayew
Ayew has scored two World Cup goals and will be looking to add to his numbers in Qatar.
Ayew is Ghana’s highest scorer at the Africa Cup of Nations. 10 goals.
Ayew is the second most capped Ghana player with 102 games for the Black Stars.
Ayew comes from a family of footballers with his father Abedi Ayew Pele, regarded as one of the greatest African players of all time. His two brothers Jordan and Rahim are also professional footballers.
In 2013 Ayew retired from international football after a dispute with the Ghana Football Association and had to be convinced by the then President to return.