Most of us would remember the joy that was brought into the country when Ghana lifted the African Cup of Nations in 1982. Many of us were little kids or were not even born when Ghana progressed to the final of the African Cup of Nations in 1982. Those times were probably the best times to be a soccer fan. At the time, Abedi Ayew Pele was the star man of the competition, he was idolized like how Brazilians idolize the world Pele. His name has since then been cemented in the records of the country as one of the best to grace the game.
Sadly, that was the last time the Black Stars of Ghana won the most coveted trophy in Africa, the African Cup of Nations. Years after, the son of the playmaker in the 1982 competition is set to lead the Black Stars in their quest to win the African Cup of Nations. His name is Andre Dede Ayew.
Andre Ayew’s rise to the captaincy of the senior national team, the Black stars came with a lot of controversies, and some even suggested that his father was a key member in the decision making. A decision that prompted the former captain, Asamoah Gyan to retire from playing for the national team. However, statistics prove otherwise as Andre Ayew was one of the most sought-after players in the world whereas Asamoah Gyan only had limited time with his club teams.
With this being the first big tournament for Andre Ayew as a captain of the side, he must replicate his father’s legacy if he wants to go down in the history books as one of the best captains. In our history books, after Abedi Pele, the only player to have his name cemented as a captain and legend is Stephen Appiah. It was under his leadership that the black stars qualified for the 2006 world cup and the subsequent ones in 2010.
Dede Ayew must therefore be ready to lead the team to win the African cup of nations else he faces same criticisms as others including Asamoah Gyan have suffered for failing to bring back the trophy to Ghana.
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