George Owu, a former goalie for the Black Stars, is beseeching all Ghanaians not to disparage the selection of Andre Ayew in Ghana squads in spite of his recent unreliable club performances.
The Premier League’s Nottingham Forest released the Ghanaian captain at the end of the previous campaign, leaving him without a club at the moment.
However, Ayew was recently selected as part of Chris Hughton’s squad for Ghana’s matches against the Central African Republic (CAR) in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifications and a friendly match against Liberia, which Ghana won 3-1 with the help of Ayew’s substitution.
Notwithstanding the numerous objections voiced by Ghanaians regarding the invitation of the 33-year-old, George Owu agrees with Hughton’s justification, emphasizing that the player’s invitation was mostly influenced by his experience.
The squad will require Ayew more at this point to be well-established because the current squad members aren’t well grounded, according to the former Hasaacas shot-stopper.
George Owu made this statement when he appeared as a guest in an interview on Onua Sports, which was monitored by 1Family Radio.
“It is a new team with few seasoned players. Only Jordan and André Ayew have extensive playing experience. The likes of Kudus are just finding their feet,’’ he said.
“Andre Ayew has made a significant contribution to Ghanaian football, having won the U-20 World Cup in 2009, but he always seems to be in a state of disarray whenever he plays for Ghana because of the way the supporters treat him.”
“There will undoubtedly come a day when he will voluntarily declare his retirement, but for the time being, he is still indispensable.’’
“There are players who are unmotivated to play because they are afraid of being criticized, and it would require individuals like Ayew to boost their spirits.’’
“The insults and criticisms are needless, and it won’t help the new players to settle in,” he noted.