2026 World Cup Qualifiers: Andre Ayew adds value and remains our captain - Ghana coach Chris Hughton

Published on: 17 November 2023

Ghana coach, Chris Hughton has defended Andre Ayew's inclusion in Black Stars squad for the 2026 World Cup qualifiers against Madagascar and Comoros.

Ayew, before his inclusion in the squad list, was clubless after leaving Nottingham Forest in July.

Ghanaians questioned his level of fitness ahead of the games. However, the Black Stars skipper over the weekend joined French Ligue, Le Havre for the rest of the season.

Hughton was quizzed on Ayew’s inclusion in the squad despite the player’s inactivity and he said, “Andre is our captain, he has different values.

“I could tell you that the two days of training we’ve had is similar to the training we had in September.

“When you see him on the training pitch, this is someone without a club, but he is training every day. Maybe the circumstances will be different from a different type of individual, but he is our captain, he adds value to what he can give us on the pitch, and what he can show on the pitch.

“He has something that we have not spoken so much about so much, we have a lot of young players in the squad, and a lot of young players means a lot of inexperience.

“Andre has leadership qualities, he has values and he’s our captain," he added. Andre Ayew is the most capped player for the national [115], having scored 24 goals.

Meanwhile, the Black Stars v Madagascar has been scheduled to kick off at 16:00GMT.