Andre Ayew pleads once again with his countrymen to forgive the Black Stars of any wrong doing that have cost them fan support in recent times.
As we reported few days ago, Ghanaian support of the Black Stars has dwindled drastically to a pathetic level that is breaking the hearts and crippling the limbs of Ghana’s National Team. Some of the causes including among others, last year’s World Cup embarrassments, exorbitant salaries and bonuses(even amidst persistent failures), extra-marital scandals and beefs among players.
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Andre Ayew who led the team to the AFCON qualifier where they grabbed second place seems to be the mostly affected by the apathy exhibited by Ghanaians over their 2-0 defeat of Mauritius in Gabon last weekend.
The Black Stars deputy captain appears to bother more about mending the impaired relationship between the country and the team, more than he bothers about their winning the Cup of Nations.
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Consequently, Ayew pleads with Ghanaians to renew their relationship with the Black Stars before the African Cup of Nations grande finale. Speaking in an exclusive interview with Joy Sports Sunday afternoon, Ayew said,
I think going to a Nations Cup demands a lot. First of all, we need our fans behind us. We need the Ghanaians to support us.
If there is anything that has disturbed them, they should forgive us. We are pleading with them and we need them to back us up because before the AFCON, we have the World Cup qualifiers, hours after the team sealed a seventh straight AFCON berth.
So we have important games coming up and without our home people, without our brothers and sisters, or fathers and aunties, I think it is going to be difficult.
So I am pleading with every Ghanaian to forgive us for whatever has happened.
The Black Stars are about beginning qualification for the 2018 World Cup to be held in Russia. They are also aiming to take a step further in next year’s African Cup of Nations after losing on penalties last year.
It is noted that Andre Ayew who captained the team in place of Asamoah Gyan was not born when Ghana last won the AFCON in 1982. Over this period, the team has failed in three finals, 1992, 2010 and recently Equatorial Guinea 2015. Ghana has qualified for the tournament 21 times in total, finishing as runners-up five times, third once, and fourth three times in their previous 20 appearances.
Meanwhile, former France defender Marcel Desailly has called on players of the Black Stars to heal the wounds of the nation by winning the AFCON next year. Marcel Desailly plays for France but has ties with Ghana as he is of a French father and Ghanaian mother.
Speaking to FootballGhana.com, Marcel said, “next year provides a perfect opportunity and the players must take advantage of it”. Pointing out the fact that ‘it’s been long overdue – more than 30 years’, Marcel said that we have an experienced Coach as well as a federation having good structures.
He therefore urged the Black Stars to leave an indelible foot print by employing all possible skills in ensuring they win the AFCON next year.
Now, the big question is, are Ghanaians ready to forgive the Black Stars and restore their loyalty and support to the team just as it had been many years back? Tell us if you are ready to let go all the grievances.