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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)

Ghanaian Football: Andre “Dede” Ayew

Andre “Dede” AyewAside from Anthony Annan and Kwadwo Asamoah one of my favourite Ghanaian players is Andre “Dede” Ayew (son of Ghanaian legend Abedi “Pele” Ayew). The Marseille winger was one of the outstanding players at the World cup last year and although Asamoah Gyan took much of the plaudits Ayew amongst others played an important role. As a result he has been linked with Europe’s top clubs including Arsenal whose manager Arsene Wenger is quoted as saying “Ayew is a very talented player and I like him as a player”. Whilst German legendary defender Franz Beckenbauer has likened Ayew’s ability to that of his father. Such comments will do much to enhance the reputation of a player who many pundits feel is on the verge of greatness.

At the age of 21 Andre Ayew already has over 30 caps for his country and also captained the Ghanaian U20 team to victory at both the 2009 African Youth Championship and the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup. At the African Youth Championship, Ayew scored two goals against Cameroon in the group stage and South Africa in the semi-finals. The 4–3 semi-final result progressed Ghana to the final where the team defeated group stage opponents Cameroon 2–0. The championship victory resulted in the team qualifying for the ensuing U-20 World Cup.

In the tournament, Ayew scored twice against England in a 4–0 rout and the equalizing goal against South Africa in the Round of 16. Ghana later won the match in extra time through a goal from Dominic Adiyiah. Ayew then captained the team to victories over the Korea Republic and Hungary in the quarter-finals and semi-finals, respectively, to reach the final where they faced Brazil.

This season Ayew has continued his fine form for his club Marseille scoring twice against Borussisa Dortmund in a champion’s league and producing a string of man of the match performances in the French league. He is proving a valuable commodity for his club and will be crucial to Ghana’s chances of winning the African Nations cup next year.

Andre Ayew is a young footballer seemingly with the world at his feet who if continues in the same vein will surely secure a big money move to one of Europe’s top club in the near future. This will only be good for his career and Ghana’s chances on the international stage.

Ps: You can see Ayew in action for Marseille (who are Arsenals group) in the Champions league group stages every other Tuesday or Wednesday evening on Sky Sports

Ben JK Anim-Antwi

Abedi ‘Pele’ Ayew

 Since we are still basking the euphoria of the Ghana national team’s first visit to Wembley and the deserved 1-1 draw we earned. I thought I would stick with a football theme for this month’s profile. Now I know we have seen many great and legendary players to come out of the continent  of Africa; George Weah (Liberia), Jay Jay Okocha & Nwakno Kanu (Nigeria), Roger Milla and Samuel Eto’o  (Cameroon) to name but a few. However for me Mr Abedi ‘Pele’ Ayew is top of the pile.

This is not a biased view because he is Ghanaian the clue is in his nickname ! I mean seriously if you are a footballer and you’re nicknamed ‘Pele’ (after the greatest ever footballer the Brazilian whose full name is Edison “Edson” Arantes do Nascimento). Then that just speaks volumes for the type of player Mr Ayew was. Further evidence that the three time African footballer of the year (yes 3 time winner !) and father of current black stars rising star Andre Ayew, is the greatest ever African footballer follows below;

Abedi Ayew was born into a family in a small village called Oko near Dome at the northern outskirts of Accra. Abedi Pele was one of the pioneers of African football in Europe. One of the first great African players to make an impact on European club football, he played for teams in Switzerland, Germany, Italy and most famously France where he was very instrumental in Marseille’s prominence in the European Champions League during the early 1990s. Amongst his international accolades, he was often included in FIFA “All-star” selections and captained the African all-stars in their victory over their European counterparts in the Meridian Cup of 1997.

He was the captain of Ghana’s national football team for 6 years (1992–1998) and was one of the first African football players to finish highly in FIFA World Player of the Year lists in 1991 and 1992. He is arguably Africa’s most decorated and honored football player ever, winning the France Football Magazine African player of the year award 3 times, the BBC sports person of the year, and the Confederation of African Football version twice. He was also awarded the golden ball award for being the best player at the 1992 African Cup of Nations, and was the “man of the match” in Marseille’s historic European Champions League final win over Milan in 1993.Abedi holds the record for most appearances at the Nations Cup Finals, beating even the legendary Roger Milla of Cameroon to the record. He made his first appearance at the 13th Nations Cup Finals in Libya in 1982 and for the next 16 years (ending at the 21st Finals in Burkina Faso) continued to grace the most prestigious football tournament on the continent, first as a member of Ghana’s squad rising to become captain in 1991. Aside from his acclaimed exploits at the 1992 competition, Abedi also earned much acclaim for his 3 goals at the 1996 competition – where he led Ghana to the semi finals of the competition despite critics expecting him to be in the twilight of his career.

In appreciation of Abedi’s devout services to the country, the Ghanaian government awarded him the country’s highest honour, the Order of the Volta (civil division). He thus becomes the first Ghanaian sportsman to be so honoured.In June 2001 he was nominated by the government of Ghana to serve as the next Chairman of the FA, an opportunity he later gave up for a more experienced former coach of Ghana .

So that is one serious footballing CV Mr Ayew has and I don’t think many players can or will match throughout their careers it’s just a shame a player of his ability never got to play in a world cup. Abedi ‘Pele’ Ayew was indeed an African footballing pioneer and has paved the way for the likes of current Ghanaian stars, Michael Essien and Asamoah Gyan. We salute you!

Ben JK Anim-Antwi