MVP Ayew hopes critic will eat humble pie

By Veronica Commey, (GNA Special Correspondent in Gabon, Courtesy Ministry of Youth and Sports)

Franceville, Jan. 29, GNA – Andre ‘Dede’ Ayew may have been voted the Most Valuable Player (MVP) in the Black Stars Group D game of the Africa Cup of Nations against Mali on Sunday but the gifted player is only hoping that critics will eat humble pie following the victory that effectively qualifies the team to the quarter final stage.
Ayew created Ghana’s first goal after he was brought flying just before the Mali box and went ahead to score the second goal with such class that earned him the best player accolade.
He player was thankful after the game but told GNA Sports in Franceville that “I hope our victory today will put to rest all the question marks that was raised against us after our first game with Botswana.’
” Today, we came out here to prove we are a united front and out here to fight to the end. The first half was very difficult but we stayed together all through.
“We worked hard so that we do not concede a goal, make a comeback from the break to execute our Coach’s tactical instructions and in the end, proved that we can fight all the way”.
The skillful midfielder had a quiet spell in the first half but came to live in the second and begin his runs on the flanks that created a lot of problems for the Malian defence.
Occasionally, he cut deep in and was the first to signal Ghana’s intent right from recess when his screamer was split by Malian goalkeeper Sissoko Oumar.
Ayew’s initiative created the first goal in 68 minutes when he was brought down playing to win the Black Stars a free kick which Adamoah Gyan beautifully converted to throw the team into the lead.
Barely 11 minutes one, Ayew dazzled deep into the final third, played a one- two with Gyan before boldly taking on his markers to unleash a clever one beneath Oumah’s out-stretched hands.



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