‘I don’t care about what people say about Andre Ayew’ – Chris Hughton tells critics


Ghana’s Black Stars head coach Chris Hughton says he’s unperturbed about what people will say about Andre Ayew’s Black Stars call-up.

He says he knows what he wants from every player from youngsters to the experienced ones going into the crucial game aga Central African Republic on Thursday afternoon at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi.

According to him, Ayew brings a lot of experience to the team which is very important for team building and for the crucial game which could decide Ghana’s participation in the next AFCON.

“Growing perception is not something that means too much to my point of view as the head coach,” Hughton told Asaase Radio.

“It’s about the squad that I want and the reason for each player to be in the squad. What is the perception outside? I don’t know. This is not my concern.

“What I have to do is to pick a squad that is made up of young exciting players and much more experienced players.

“There will always be, in the general public, a lot of debate about who should be in the squad and who shouldn’t.

“We are knowledgeable about the amount games that he has played and we also know what he means to the squad. He is out captain; I know what he gives the squad.”


Ghana will host the Central Africa Republic in their final Group E game at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium on Thursday, September 7, 2023 and must avoid defeat to qualify for Ivory Coast 2023.

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