It behooves every team leader to step up when proceedings turn out to be unbearable. Same principle applies to Black Stars skipper Dede Ayew in next week’s match against Zimbabwe at the Cape Coast Stadium. On a good note, Dede Ayew is proving why he could be relied upon in the must-win encounter.
The former Swansea City midfield was part of Ghana’s squad that beat Ethiopia by a lone goal in Ghana but lost to Bafana Bafana in South Africa. Dede’s individual performance was met with harsh backlash as expectations from him soared.
Fast forward, the son of the Maestro left the shores of Ghana for Al Sadd in Qatar coached by Xavi Hernandez, former Barcelona midfielder. The Black Stars captain has scaled up his club displays prompting instant reaction from football loving fans.
At Al Sadd, Dede Ayew is not only making goals a trademark but also gives his all for the entire team. He has become a dependable player whose inclusion is always a guarantee.
Between the last time he played for Black Stars of Ghana and now, Dede Ayew has scored four goals out of five outings for his Asian team. This means, his goals came in less than a month and it speaks well for a player who has just embarked on voyage from Europe to The Middle East.
As an attacking midfielder, goal scoring may not be part of his designated duties on the field, but his ability to get goals will be equally relevant and needful to the course of the team. Mubarak Wakaso for instance is a midfielder but got the only goal for Black Stars of Ghana against Ethiopia, while strikers were at full duty.
All other things being equal, Dede Ayew, if able to replicate his goals for Ghana, will go a long way to salvage the situation in trying moments. As the leader on the pitch, his ability to take charge of events is very critical for team’s progress and success.
Milovan Rajevac and Ghanaians will be counting on Dede Ayew to come to the party with an improved condition and display next week Saturday. The game against Zimbabwe goes beyond the ordinary such that, Ghana requires an absolute victory to clear the qualification path for the global tournament. Dede Ayew may not have any reason to underperform in the double-header as his reign as captain could receive public scrutiny. As team leader, he carries heavy load but can make impact with his indivisible brilliance.
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