Professional footballer, André Ayew Pelé is a year older today. 

 

Join us wishing one of the top African players him an amazing birthday. MOPAO currently plays as a winger for Championship club Swansea City and also captains the Black Stars 

André is the son of Ghanaian football legend Abedi Pele. he has 2 other brother Jordon and Rahim who are also professional footballers…. The Ayew Brothers 

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Akufo Addo Urges Asamoah Gyan To Reconsider Retiring from Football

Ghanaians have been dealing with the shockwave of the retirement of a successful striker Asamoah Gyan. Gyans decision to retire from his position at the Ghana National Team was met with mixed feelings, some people were upset and angered so many fans.

He must have gained so much value throughout his career that the president forced him back to the game. Let’s now talk about the protagonist of the story: Asamoah Gyan.

At the age of 17, he signed for the Italian football team Udinese while also temporarily playing at another Italian club called Modena. He appeared in the 2006 World Cup, which increased his fame and attracted the attention of other football clubs in Europe.

The Russian Lokomotiv Moscow was among the clubs that wanted to sign a deal with him. Instead, he decided to extend his stay at Udinese by signing a 5-year contract.

In 2008, he was transferred to the French football team Stade Rennais. He was more active in the season 2009-2010, scoring 13 league goals in 48 games. His stay in Stade Rennais was short-lived and he signed another deal with Sunderland, his first deal with a Premier League club.

The season 2010-2011 was a golden one for him since he scored the majority of the goals in the League Cup against Chelsea, Blackburn Rovers, Newcastle United and Stoke City.

He spent a temporary season in UAE’s Al Ain FC, during which he scored 22 goals. The following year, he signed another contract with Al Ain as the top goal-scorer. Although he had extended his stay until 2018, he decided to leave Al Ain for Chinese Super League club Shanghani SIPG.

His weekly salary made him one of the highest earning football players in the world. As of 2017, he was still a striker at the Turkish club Kayserispor.

His international career was just as bright and eventful. In 2006, he became the very first and the youngest player to score for Ghana in FIFA World Cup, with four goals in seven matches. He appeared in 2008 and 2010 African Cup of Nations and scored many penalties.

In 2010’s World Cup, he successfully scored against Serbia and Australia, carrying the team up the tournament’s quarter final, although the team got defeated by Uruguay later on. In 2014, he was the captain of Ghana’s Black Stars, the team played with United States, Portugal and a tie against Germany.

A few weeks ago, he was replaced by Andre Ayew as Ghana’s team captain by the coach. Gyan made a decision to retire from international football. Whatever his decision was based on, we’re not interested. We just don’t want him to retire.

Interestingly, he was later convinced by the President Nana Akufo-Addo to reverse his decision in less than 24 hours after his initial announcement. He is currently preparing for the next African Cup of Nations.

THE SHORTEST RETIREMENT IN THE WORLD

The football legend  took to his social media with the press release and  the message below

‘A presidential request is one that cannot be disregarded. I have taken the request of His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in good faith, and will make myself available for selection by coach Kwasi Appiah to help win the AFCON trophy. 🙏🙏’  We’re glad he’s back!

 

Besides his football career, he has been hosting boxing events, encouraging young boxers from Ghana to participate the events. He loves singing as well. 

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Coach Avram Grant has named Black Stars Squad to take part in the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon (AFCON)

The provisional Black Stars Squad  list includes:


Goalkeepers:

  • Adam Kwarasey
  • Razak Braimah
  • Richard Ofori

Forwards:

  • Asamoah Gyan (Captain)
  •  Jordan Ayew
  • Andre Ayew
  •  Rahpael Dwamena
  • Ebenezer Assifuah
  •  Bernard Tekpetey
  • Abdul-Majeed Waris


Defenders:

  • Jonathan Mensah
  • Harrison Afful
  • Baba Rahman
  • Andy Yiadom
  • John Boye
  • Daniel Amartey
  • Edwin Gyimah
  • Frank Acheampong


Midfielders:

  •  Christian Atsu
  • Afriyie Acquah 
  • Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu
  •  Thomas Partey
  • Ebenezer Ofori 
  • Joseph Larweh Attamah
  • Samuel Tetteh
  • Mubarak Wakaso   

 We were expecting some of the above listed names others we were not expecting

What do you think about the above list?  Is your favourite footballer on the list?

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Félicitations! Ghanaian professional footballer/French Ligue 1 club Marseille midfielder  Andre Ayew  has been named top African player in France!

Andre Ayew posted this photo on his Instagram with this caption:

Andre Ayew

‘I am deeply honored to receive this award of best African player in France. I thank my family and team mates for the constant support. I thank God for bringing me this far. Most importantly I want to thank you my fans for making this happen. Thank you. God bless you. al hamdullah . #loveyoumum ❤️’

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Photo Credit: André Ayew Pelé Instagram


Black Stars vice captain and 2015 Afcon top scorer Andre Ayew told reporters upon the team’s arrival in Accra on Monday.

“The feeling of losing a second Afcon final got me very emotional and I couldn’t control it. It was really difficult for me to take.

“I thought we just deserved the trophy. We played well and put in a lot of effort,” the pain of a second loss after Sunday’s encounter against Cote d’Ivoire was too much all Ghanaians especially the players who put in more than 100%!….“It was very difficult to accept the loss, but that is football. We are hoping that we win it next time,” Asamoah Gyan

Ayew Explains Tears. Ayew Explains Tears

Many including the Minister of Youth and Sports Mahama Ayariga, Cote d’Ivoire coach Herve Renard, his junior brother Jordan Ayew tried in vain to console the talismanic midfielder.

Cote d’Ivoire  beat Ghana under the same circumstances in 1992 when his father Abedi Pele was captain of the Black Stars “When again are we going to come this close? It is very unfortunate.

Am sure Ghana will take home the Afcon cup next time.

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AFCON2015 final is tomorrow… 2 extremely good teams will be playing. Black Stars of Ghana vs. Les Éléphants de Cote D’ivoire… one thing is for sure is a game not to be missed!

Ghana’s Ayew brothers, André Ayew and Jordan Ayew, Ivory Coast’s Touré brothers Yaya Touré and Kolo Touré, Also the like of Asamoah Gyan, Christian Atsu…..

Ghana Vs Ivory Coast.

4- time champion Ghana last won the African Cup in 1982 almost 33 years ago… Ivory Coast on the other hand has gone 23 years since taking the cup.

Who will you be cheering for?

The match takes place Sunday at 7 p.m. GMT.

 

Angry Equatorial ‪Guinea‬ fans delayed African semi between Ghana and Equatorial ‪Guinea‬, they rained bottles on Ghana‬ians after Ghana defeated them. The game had to be stopped whilst officials decided whether to continue or abandoned the game… What an AWFUL, AWFUL, AWFUL thing to do Equatorial Guinea raining bottles on Ghanaians because they were winning. .. Equatorial Guinea fans were waiting outside to attack the Ghanaians, they had to be escorted by police…. Very Shameful…!

Asamoah Gyan couldn’t play today, due to an injury.  Gyan suffered an abdominal injury after Naby Yattara the Guinean goalkeeper stamped him in stoppage time of the quarter-finals between the two sides last week.

Ghana line-up today:

Razak Brimah, Harrison Afful, Baba Rahman, Jonathan Mensah, John Boye, Mubarak Wakaso, Afriyie Acquah, Andre Ayew, Christian Atsu, Jordan Ayew, Kwesi Appiah

FT: Ghana‬ 3 –  0 Equatorial ‪ Guinea‬.

Well done Ghana!

 

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Equatorial ‪Guinea‬ Rains Bottles on Ghana‬ians After Ghana Scored 3

 

 

 

 

Ghana coach Avram Grant has left out striker Jordan Ayew and impressive defender Daniel Amartey from his starting line-up to face Guinea in the quarter-final of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations on Sunday while Kwesi Appiah gets his first start in Africa’s flagship competition.

The Israeli coach maintained most of the players who helped the Black Stars secure the important 2-1 victory over South Africa last week as they seek to defeat the Sylli Nationale to reach the semi-final of the tournament in Equatorial Guinea.

Appiah, a surprise call-up into the Ghana squad having excelled with English fourth tier side Cambridge United, will start in attack alongside Asamoah Gyan who had partnered Jordan in previous matches.

The younger Ayew’s inability to score goals look to have led to the decision of the coach to opt for Appiah instead of the Lorient striker who has been rated as one of Ghana’s best runners in this tournament.

Amartey, who suffered a knee injury in Thursday match against South Africa, looks not to have fully recovered from that problem which resulted in the decision to start John Boye who now regains the position he lost to the FC Copenhagen youngster.

Boye came on as a substitute in the match against Bafana Bafana and got the crucial equaliser that helped the Black Stars to rally from a goal down to win the match.

Goalkeeper Razak Brimah maintains his place while Harrison Afful and Baba Abdul Rahman will also retain their right and left back positions respectively.

Boye will partner Jonathan Mensah at the heart of the midfield while Mubarak Wakaso and Afriyie Acquah will play at the heart of the midfield.

Christian Atsu will play from the right wing while Andre Ayew will play from the left with Gyan and Appiah leading the attack.

Ghana are seeking a win to steer them to the semi final for the straight fifth time in Africa’s flagship competition.

Ghana’s starting line-up against Guinea

Razak Brimah, Harrison Afful, Baba Abdul-Rahman, John Boye, Jonathan Mensah, Mubarak Wakaso, Christian Atsu, Afriyie Acquah, Asamoah Gyan, Kwesi Appiah, Andre Ayew.

Credit: ghanasoccernet.com