Dede Ayew’s offer to pay airfares for Black Stars players, to honour Rwanda Clash, has become the most talked about charitable act by a footballer across Africa, at the moment.
Football fans in Ghana and beyond have been singing praises of the West Ham United record signing Dede, for his most kind gesture.
If you are still not in the know; The 26-year-old offered to purchase flight tickets for members of Avram Grant’s 23-man squad, who are expected in the country for the final 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier, against Rwanda on September 3.
Dede Ayew’s offer comes on the back of the decision of the Sports Minister Nii Lantey Vanderpuije, not to finance the cost of business class tickets for 21 foreign-based members of the team.
Still wondering how or why it happened? Black Stars coach Avram Grant, named a 23-man squad for the final AFCON qualifier group game against Rwanda. But the minister stated that since the Black Stars have already qualified for the 2017 AFCON, its funds will be better spent on other sporting disciplines.
The minister who then wanted only locally-based players forced on coach Avram Grant, warned the travelling agency of the Ghana FA, to stop the travelling arrangement of the foreign based players. This development happened just seven days to the big game in Accra.
But Ghana’s deputy captain has volunteered to buy air tickets for the Black stars abroad, who cannot afford it. According to reports, to show patriotism, most of the players have indicated they would buy their own tickets to come for the match. But then there is a section of the players who cannot afford the air tickets, and for that Dede has decided to foot their bills.
Andre Ayew was excluded from the clash with Rwanda following an injury he sustained during West Ham’s Premier League opener against Chelsea. The Black Stars will be hosting Rwanda in their last AFCON qualifier at the Accra Sports Stadium on Saturday.