Ghana captain Andre Ayew is heading to a rare tenth main match and has received a report tally of caps for his nation, but he nonetheless lives within the shadow of his father.
profession that began as a teenage prodigy, taking in stints at Olympique de Marseille, Swansea Metropolis, West Ham United and Fenerbahce, and first taking part in worldwide soccer 15 years in the past, has set new requirements for Ghana soccer.
However Ayew and his youthful brother Jordan, who performs at Crystal Palace, proceed to be in contrast with the achievements of their father, Abedi Pele, a three-time African Footballer of the Yr and European Cup winner.
It’s one thing the brothers have been unable to shake off.
”What was troublesome was individuals all the time speaking about my dad and what he had accomplished, all the time eager to see him in me,“ ahead Ayew stated in an interview greater than a decade in the past. “Once I determined to attempt to make a life in soccer, I knew what could be ready.”
However now, with a considerable profession underneath his belt, he seems to have embraced his father’s fame.
”I take rather a lot, if not each, inspiration from him,” stated Ayew in a current look on Ghanaian tv when the topic of his father got here up but once more.
Abedi Pele – broadly thought of one of many continent’s most interesting footballers – was within the Marseille facet that received the European Cup in 1993 however by no means went to a World Cup. Son Andre is heading into his third in Qatar, on prime of seven Cup of Nations finals appearances.
Ayew, who will flip 33 the day earlier than the World Cup closing and now performs his membership soccer for Qatari champions Al Sadd, first performed for Ghana in August 2007 in a pleasant in opposition to Senegal in London, the place he got here on for the ultimate minute of the sport.
Some seven months later, he was beginning for the Black Stars in a Cup of Nations semi-final and has been a gradual characteristic since. His tally of 107 caps is a report for the nation.
He had toyed briefly with taking part in for France, the place he was born, whereas his father was taking part in at Lille and ran out for his or her under-18 workforce, however that was a short-lived concept.
As an alternative, Ayew, often called ‘Dede’, has been on the coronary heart of the Ghana workforce for effectively over a decade, contributing along with his left foot, robust centre of gravity and talent to shrug off defenders, and trying to forge his personal path, whereas additionally paying homage to his heritage.