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Meet the Ghana World Cup Squad 2014: Introducing Andre “Dede” Ayew

Wing Wizard!

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He gave Ghanaians something to cheer about on Monday even if it was for only 4 Minutes. Andre “Dede” Ayew son of legendary Ghanaian footballer Abedi “Pele” Ayew sublime equaliser for Ghana against the USA gave us hope but it was not to be. The wing wizard and his team mates endured a frustrating night as for all their possession the final ball was not quite there and in then end his brilliantly worked goal was enough to avoid defeat.

Andre is a winger by trade but can also play in the “No.10” role behind a main striker. He is a talented player who possesses great balance and technical ability. Similar to his father he has an eye for goal but his record is not nearly impressive.

Ayew began his career at the tender age of ten playing for Nania, a club whom his father is currently the chairman of, in Accra, Ghana. After four years in the club’s youth academy, Ayew was promoted to the team’s senior squad at the age of 14. Ayew played at Nania for two seasons before departing the club and returning to France to play for his father’s former club Marseille.

798c19e9bca44d775d39cc2c790d28dfIt was at Marseille that Ayew began to make a name for himself. He made his debut for them in 2007 and spent a couple of seasons on the fringes of the squad before he was loaned out. However it was not until he returned in 2010 that he established himself in the first team and was voted Marseille Best Player for the season 2010–2011. He won two French cups in 2011 and 2012 and has racked up 34 goals for Marseille in his career including two hat-tricks,

Ayew is a seasoned Ghanaian international. At youth level, he  captained the Ghana under-20 team that won both the 2009 African Youth Championship and the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup. At senior level, Ayew made his debut in August 2007 against Senegal in London. He has since represented Ghana at the 2008 and 2010 Africa Cup of Nations and the 2010 FIFA World Cup. On 16 December 2011, a day to his 22nd birthday, he was named the BBC African Footballer of the Year for 2011 and  was crowned as the Ghanaian Footballer of the Year.

He has 50 Caps for Ghana with 6 goals and can add to that tally in Ghana’s forthcoming games against Germany and Portugal. He will need to be at his dynamic best if Ghana are to overcome what is now a daunting task to qualify for the second round.

#LetsGoalGhana

Ben JK Anim-Antwi(@Kwesitheauthor)