2022 FIFA WCQ: Andre Ayew lifts lid on why he was dropped by Milovan Rajevac against Zimbabwe

Published on: 13 October 2021

Ghana captain, Andre Ayew has disclosed why he was dropped from the starting XI by Milovan Rajevac that faced Zimbabwe in the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier on Tuesday.

According to the 31-year-old, he lacked match fitness because he was nursing an injury.

Ayew disclosed that he had been carrying the injury before Ghana’s 3-1 win over against Zimbabwe in Cape Coast last Saturday and believes coach Milovan Rajevac made the right decision to leave him on the bench.

“It was not an easy time and game for me and the other players but we are in a period where I have to be there for the team and every point is important but there are sometimes you have to up a collective decision,” the Al Sadd forward told the media after the game.

“I think the boss did the right thing [by benching me in the game]. We spoke about the injury I was nursing and I’m just so happy that we have the points.

“I hope that we will continue like this against Ethiopia and the other game and I believe victory will be ours. Ghana will surely qualify for the World Cup,” he added.