Ghana's Andre Ayew steps out of father’s shadow

Andre Ayew
Ghana's Andre Ayew (10) celebrates his goal with team mates after scoring during their semi-final soccer match of the 2015 African Cup of Nations against Equatorial Guinea in Malabo, February 5, 2015. (Photo: REUTERS)
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Saturday 7 Feb 2015
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In Equatorial Guinea, Andre Ayew has not only shamed his critics but also moved a step closer to matching the class of his father, the legendary Abedi ‘Pele’ Ayew

In Equatorial Guinea, Andre Ayew has not only shamed his critics but also moved a step closer to matching the class of his father, the legendary Abedi ‘Pele’ Ayew.

In 2008, when he made his Africa Cup of Nations debut on home soil, he was criticised by the fans with some suggesting he was only in the squad because of the influence of his famous father.

But a year later he made history when he led his country in Egypt to become the first African team to win the Fifa U20 World Cup and it was the core of this team that reached the 2010 Cup of Nations final in Angola.

The 25-year-old Marseille forward has also featured at two World Cup finals – something his father never managed.

In Equatorial Guinea, he has risen to the big occasion by scoring three goals, including an all-important winner against South Africa which won Ghana the ‘group of death’ that also included Algeria and Senegal.

It was a dramatic winner as he soared to head home a cross from Abdulrahman Baba seven minutes from time in Mongomo.

He also stabbed home the third goal in a 3-0 spanking of hosts Equatorial Guinea to earn his first victory as captain of the Black Stars.

And all this was achieved despite him admitting he was not fully fit for this tournament.

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