‘I know what he brings to the team’ – Chris Hughton on why he invited CLUBLESS captain Andre Ayew for CAR game



Ghana’s Black Stars head coach, Chris Hughton, says he knows what exactly captain Andre Ayew brings to the team amidst criticism from the general public for including unattached player in the squad.


The 33-year-old clubless captain made his way into the senior national team for the upcoming 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Central African Republic on Thursday afternoon at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi.


He explained that it is not only about Andre’s playing abilities but his other qualities he brings to the team.


“What I have to do is to pick a squad that is made up of young exciting players and much more experienced players,” Hughton told Asaase Radio.


“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.”

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