Andre Ayew will share a football pitch with younger sibling Jordan again on Saturday afternoon – but he will not be showing the Swansea City striker any brotherly love!
Jordan followed Andre through the youth set-up at French club Olympique Marseille, before spending five years alongside his older brother of 15 months in the first team at Stade Velodrome.
The dynamic duo have also lined up together nearly 50 times for Ghana, the country for whom their father Abedi ‘Pele’ Ayew starred and became one of the finest players Africa has ever produced.
The pair were also footballing adversaries on a number of occasions, with both enjoying successs. Both scored as Jordan’s Lorient beat Andre’s Marseille 5-3 in April 2015, before repeating the trick as Andre’s Swansea beat Jordan’s Aston Villa 2-1 in October of the same year.
Andre and Jordan will be on opposite sides again at London Stadium, with the winner going a long way to securing their team’s Premier League status.
Despite the importance of Saturday’s game, the West Ham United winger told the Official Programme he will not make it personal.
“We’ve never had a rivalry!” he smiled. “We’re very close and we try to help each other to give our best and to do better. We are only a year-and-a-half different in age, so we grew up together and talk about everything.
“We’ve played against each other a few times now, and we played together for the national team and Marseille, so it’s always nice.
“It’s a different feeling and I’m always happy to meet him on and off the pitch, but I always want to win!”