Wednesday, February 27, 2013
AYEW BROTHERS EXPLAINS RETIREMENT FROM BLACK STARS OF GHANA
Black Stars of Ghana winger and Olympique Marseille of France midfielder Andre Ayew have stated that he decided to temporarily quit the Black Stars because he does not enjoy a good relationship with the coaching crew of the team.
Andre, who alongside his brother Jordan, sent his resignation letter to Ghana Football Association (GFA), asked the nation's football governing body not to temporarily consider him for future call-ups into the Black Stars on Tuesday
Without giving specific reasons why his relationship with the management has broken down, Ayew insists the state of affairs has emotionally and psychologically affected his desire to play for his country.
“My decision to withdraw my services from the national team results from a number of issues or matters that have occurred quite recently, especially with regard to my relationship with the management team of the senior national team, the Black Stars,” Ayew said in a letter to the GFA.
“These matters have so affected me emotionally and psychologically such that I am unable presently to offer the best of my services to my dear nation.”
Andre Ayew was included in the squad but was subsequently dropped after he failed to arrive in time to be examined by the Ghana team doctors following a hamstring injury.
While Ayew might have his reasons for quitting, some have pointed to disciplinary problems for his run-ins with Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah.
Andre was given an ultimatum to apologise over an incident when he was substituted in their Nations Cup qualifier against Malawi in Blantyre last year.
Meanwhile, his brother,Jordan Ayew, while explaining his temporarily retirement, says he will return to the Ghana national team when his position in the squad is more secured
Jordan who also plays for Olympique Marseille in France claims he wants to concentrate on his club career to build on his experience to help him gain a regular place in the Black Stars squad, in his temporary resignation letter to the GFA on Tuesday
The younger Ayew was excluded from the initial 26-man squad for the tournament in South Africa which was announced by coach Kwesi Appiah in December.
Ayew says he wants to stay away from the team to work hard with his club to gain the necessary experience to ensure that when he returns to the Black Stars his position is more secure.
“The reasons for my decision, although personal, I believe, would eventually inure to the benefit of the Black Stars,” Jordan Ayew said in his retirement letter to the GFA.
“The reason being that in this period of my temporary absence I intend not only to work hard in my club as a young player so I can obtain the quality, experience and stature necessary for a call up to play in the national team.
“But also ensure that my membership of the national team when I soon come out of my temporary resignation endures in a more secure manner so as to avoid the situation where I am unsure as to when my services are required for the national team.”
The Ayew brothers' (who are sons of Ghana football great and legend, Abedi Pele) decision to leave the Black Stars comes just three weeks before Ghana takes on Sudan in a 2014 World Cup qualifier in Kumasi.
Andre Ayew has scored four goals in 43 appearances for the Black Stars of Ghana while Jordan has scored twice in his 10 matches for the Black Stars.