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Ghana’s Skipper Andre Ayew Forced to Pull Out of Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers

Injury forces Andre Ayew to withdraw from the Black Stars squad

Ghana’s skipper Andre Ayew has been forced to withdraw from the Black Stars squad for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Angola in Luanda on Monday, March 27. Ayew sustained a knee injury after tripping in camp.

According to an official statement released by the Ghana Football Association, Ayew appeared to be fine after the fall, but complained of pains in the early hours of Saturday, prompting further tests which confirmed the injury. The statement also revealed that three other players, Mohammed Salisu, Denis Odoi, and Alexander Djiku, will also miss the trip due to injuries.

GFA Communications Director, Henry Asante Twum, confirmed that Ayew had to travel back to England for further scans after complaining of knee pains. The 33-year-old player had been left on the bench by Nottingham Forest’s head coach Chris Hughton in his first game as the national team coach. The Black Stars went on to record a 1-0 win against Angola.

Ayew’s absence will undoubtedly be a blow for Ghana, who are currently at the top of Group E following their win over the Palencas Negras. However, the team will have to forge ahead without their skipper as they aim to maintain their impressive form in the qualifying matches.

The Black Stars will have to look to other key players to step up and take on the mantle of leadership in Ayew’s absence. The team will also have to focus on maintaining their winning streak and securing a spot in the Africa Cup of Nations tournament.

The injury sustained by Andre Ayew is a reminder of how quickly things can change in football. Ghana will have to adjust to this new reality and put in place strategies to ensure they continue to perform at their best without their captain.


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