2026 World Cup Qualifiers: Chris Hughton hoping 'experienced' Andre Ayew will help young ones

Published on: 17 November 2023

Ghana coach, Chris Hughton says Andre Ayew remains a crucial figure for the team despite concerns about his fitness.

The 33-year-old over the weekend signed for French Ligue side Le Havre as a free agent after leaving Nottingham Forest in June.

His inclusion in Black Stars squad for the 2026 World Cup qualifiers attracted criticism.

However, Hughton, speaking to the press ahead of their first Group I game against Madagascar in the qualifiers said Ayew’s leadership and skills, are invaluable assets to the team.

“Dede Ayew is still a very good player and somebody that can be the best player in training,” Hughton affirmed.

“He is captain, a very good influence on younger players and not just about his playing ability.”

Despite Ayew’s limited match action since leaving Forest, Hughton is confident that he will play a pivotal role in the upcoming fixtures.

With over 100 caps since his Ghana debut in 2007, Ayew provides leadership to guide emerging talents.

Despite concerns about his recent club circumstances, Hughton is focused on the squad delivering positive results in the World Cup qualifiers, and Ayew’s know-how is expected to inspire the Black Stars.

The Ghana v Madagascar game has been scheduled to kick off at 16:00GMT.