Andre Ayew entreats home-based players to keep working after exploits in AFCON qualifiers

Published on: 30 March 2021

Ghana captain Andre Ayew has entreated local players who earned call up into the national team for the 2021 AFCON qualifiers to keep working hard in order to attain greater height in their career.

The Black Stars defeated Sao Tome and Principe 3-1 in the final round of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers at the Accra Sports Stadium on Sunday.

Goals from Nicholas Opoku, Jordan Ayew and Baba Rahman were enough for Ghana to pick all points.

Ghana end Group C as winners on 13 points and qualify alongside Sudan who dished out a 2-0 win over South Africa.

Prior to the qualifiers, coach Charles Kwabla Akonnor handed as many as 12 home-based players call up into the national team of which five made their debut in the final round of the qualifiers.

The Swansea City ace speaking after the game, Ayew said he is proud of the local players and has therefore urged them to keep working hard to be able to get to where they deserve.

“South Africa was a tough game. The locals started and played really well. They gave us a point to put us one point in Cameroon. And I want to congratulate the whole squad.” He said

“As for today, am just proud of them (home-based players). All of them is their dream to play for the Black Stars as it is always my dream. When I wear the jersey am more than happy and as soon as I get a call-up. So I am very proud of them and am sure they are proud of themselves, their families are proud of them. And they have to keep working. As long as they keep working we don’t know how but the chances will come.”