Derek Boateng calls for Andre Ayew’s inclusion in Black Stars team


Former Black Stars midfielder Derek Boateng has spoken out against coach Otto Addo’s choice to leave out captain Andre Ayew from the squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.


“The omission of Ayew from the 26-man squad has ignited a passionate debate among fans and former players,” Boateng remarked.


Boateng, who has represented Ghana in the past, contends that Ayew’s recent performances for his club, Le Havre, justify his inclusion in the national team.


“If you talk about players in good shape at their club level right now, he is one of them,” Boateng stated to Joy Sports.


“A player like Dede Ayew has to be in the team even if you’re not starting him. He has to be there,” he added.


“His influence in the national team is significant. Some of the players are very close to him and they listen to him a lot. I respect the coach’s decision, but for me, he has to be in the squad.”


Ayew, who boasts the record for the most appearances for Ghana with 120 caps since his debut in 2007, has been a pivotal figure for the team throughout the years.


The Black Stars are gearing up to confront the Central African Republic in their next World Cup qualifying match at the Baba Yara Stadium.


Following a 2-1 victory over Mali in Bamako, Ghana currently occupies third place in the qualifying series.

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