Ghana international captain Andre Ayew has admitted that one of his career ambitions would be to reach 100 appearances for the Blacks Stars and eventually win the long-awaited trophy.
Ayew first featured for the national team when he was 17-years-old and ten years later he sees himself with approximately 84 appearances and counting.
The 29-year-old said it is the desire to keep playing for the national team which made him confide in Ghanaian coach Kwesi Appiah before pledging his future to Swansea City.
“That was important because the national team is very, very important for me.
“It’s a very good league and if that’s your decision I am okay as long as you are fit and you do what you have always done with the national team’,” Ayew explains.
Speaking to the BBC on a wide range of topics last week Ayew said “ I am close to winning 90 caps so I’m trying to keep on going, keep on working hard. I’ll try and hit the 100 (caps) as soon as possible.
“I have always represented my country with a lot of honour and a lot of pride. I am very proud of where I am from and of what any Ghanaian is doing. We have always tried to raise the flag really high.”
Ayew is currently playing for Swansea despite the club spending much of the summer trying to offload him due to his high wages and the club’s limited budget.
“There were a lot of possibilities for me to move,” Ayew says.
“As soon as I got back I felt the desire from the manager, the players – they wanted me to stay – and for sure the fans. That was special to me.
“When I felt that I started to think maybe we have to go for it again.
“We were talking about finding a solution with other clubs. I said if I don’t find something which suits me 100 per cent I am not going to move just to say I play in Ligue 1 or Serie A or the Premier League.
“The truth of the matter is a part of me wanted to stay here. A few days before the end of the market I told my agent: ‘I have made my decision and I want to stay’.”