Andre Ayew

  • 2017 AFCON qualifier: Ayew to fund tickets for Black Stars players

    Deputy Black Stars skipper Andre Ayew has offered to buy flight tickets for some of the 23 invited foreign based players of the senior national team to travel to Accra for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Rwanda.

    This comes after the Sports Minister Nii Lante Vanderpuije recently told Vice President of the Ghana Football Association George Afriyie, that the ministry does not have the needed funds to purchase tickets for the players.

    Though most of the Black Stars players are ready to purchase their own flight tickets, Ghana FA Communications Director Ibrahim Sannie Daara feels the decision by the injured West Ham forward to support the foreign based legion with flight tickets is a massive show of patriotism.

    “The Black Stars players themselves have decided in a massive show of patriotism that they want to pay for their own tickets to come for the match.

    “However, there are some players who are unable to afford the tickets and for that Andre Ayew has decided that he will pay for them to turn up for the game,” Daara told Starr Sports in an interview.

    The Black Stars have already booked their place in the tournament after picking 13 points from five games, seven above their visitors and other group member Mauritius.

    Full squad

    Goalkeepers: Razak Braimah (Cordoba, Spain), Adam Kwarasey (Rosenborg, Norway) Richard Ofori (Wa All Stars)

    Defenders: Harrison Afful (Columbus Crew, USA), Daniel Amartey (Leicester City, England), Jeffery Schlupp (Leicester City, England), Baba Rahman (Schalke, Germany), John Boye (Sivasspor, Turkey), Jonathan Mensah (Anzhi, Russia), Edwin Gyimah (Orlando Pirates, South Africa), Kadri Mohammed (AshantiGold)

    Midfielders: Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu (Udinese, Italy), Afriyie Acquah (Torino, Italy), Thomas Partey (Atletico Madrid, Spain) Samuel Tetteh (Leifering, Austria), Mubarak Wakaso (Panathinaikos, Greece), Frank Acheampong (Anderlecht, Belgium), Alfred Duncan (Sassuolo, Italy), Christian Atsu (Chelsea, England),

    Forwards: Asamoah Gyan (Shanghai SIPG, China), Jordan Ayew (Aston Villa, England), Ebenezer Assifuah (Sion, Switzerland), David Accam (Chicago Fire, USA)

    Source: Ghana/ Welsing

  • Ghanaian star hobbles off in West Ham debut after injury

    The Black Stars vice-captain was handed a start by manager Slaven Bilic in the opening Premier League game for West Ham and played 32 minutes before leaving the football pitch.

    Andre was chasing Eden Hazard for a ball when he appeared to have pulled a thigh mussle.

    The West Ham physio attended to the Ghanaian on the pitch but later indicated to Slaven Bilic the player needs to be substituted.

    Andre Ayew in his Premier League debut for West Ham.

    A dejected Andre Ayew left the pitch making room for substitute Gokhan Tore.

    The former Olympique Marseille player joined West Ham as the club’s record transfer fee from Premier League rivals Swansea City.

    Coincidentally, Ayew’s debut for Swansea City in the Premier League was against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge where he scored in the 2-2 draw.

    The Ghanaian player ended his first season at Swansea City as the club’s top scorer with 12 goals.

    SOURCE: Kwame Boakye

  • West Ham to wait on Ghana midfielder’s injury

    West Ham manager Slaven Bilic says the club will have to wait and see how serious Andre Ayew’s injury is before making any plans moving forward.

    Ayew, 26,  was making his first competitive start for the Hammers since joining from Swansea during the summer.

    But the Ghana international was forced off after just 35 minutes at Stamford Bridge on Monday night.

    West Ham's Andre Ayew pulled up as he chased after Chelsea forward Eden Hazard
    West Ham’s Andre Ayew pulled up as he chased after Chelsea forward Eden Hazard

    Ayew suffered the injury as he chased after Chelsea forward Eden Hazard during the 2-1 defeat in the Premier League.

    Regarding Ayew’s injury, Bilic has to wait for scan results before passing judgement.

    “Ayew has a thigh injury,” he confirmed.

    “He told me it is not a big one, but you never know and he will have a scan on Tuesday and we have to wait for the result of the scan to know how long he will be out.”

    Bilic and his wounded squad will need to regroup quickly, as the Hammers travel to Romania on Wednesday for a UEFA Europa League play-off round first-leg tie with Astra Giurgiu on Thursday evening.

    SOURCE: Isaac Darko

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