One-on-One with Andre 'Dede' Ayew
SuperSport.com's Collins Okinyo went one-one-one with Ghana's youngster Andre Dede Ayew of Marseile at the Black stars camp ,the Windsor Hotel.
Ayew was quite optimistic about his teams chances and believes can stop Ghana from beating Congo if they can work together as a team and fight tooth and nail.
Here's how the interview went.
SuperSport.com: Welcome and thanks for your time Dede, SuperSport.com is indeed honoured to have you around
Dede: Thanks very much its my pleasure
SuperSport.com: Ayew, as a young player you have had alot of experience and exposure at a young age and people forget you are just a young player does that add more pressure to play for Blackstars?
Ayew: Yes,I am young but I have been playing in the high level for three to four years and its good step by step I am becoming an important player for both my team Marseile and my county Ghana. It is normal for people to have a lot of expectations ,but that does not give me pressure but it rather motivates me to work even harder. I am lucky i was in the team that reached the world cup quaters,won the under 20 and played in the African cup of nations within a period of just eight months.
SuperSport.com : "Dede the name Pele is a big one in Africa as your father was one of the Africa's greatest players , does this add to the pressure ? will this mean more expectations from you this Sunday when you line up against Congo Brazeville?
Dede: No, it does not weigh me down and if it did I would not have been where I am today ,anyway I have worked hard and raised my football level as all the time I am in the field to work hard and hope on Sunday we are going to get the three points as we need to fight hard and give our best as we go into the match to win.
SuperSport.com: Do you forsee Ghana getting the win away from home especially after you drew with Sudan at home and beat Swaziland 3-0 ?
Dede: We are determined to give our best then it will be easy to win this group and we just dont want to win but to also win the cup.We will take every match seriously and the Congo match will not be different though I know its not going to be easy and we have to avoid complacency.
SuperSport.com : Micheal Essein will not be in the game against Congo and Asamoah Gyan was red carded and will miss the match do you think this will hinder the team's progress?
Dede: Did Essien play in the World Cup? He did not but offcourse we will miss Asamoah and its unfortunate Mike has not been able to get back to the team but we are fortunate that Ghana is a team with a lot of quality and we are also lucky we have many players who can fit in well and give their best.
SuperSport.com: Dede after your match against Manchester United in the champions league,Sir Alex Ferguson of Manchester United gave a lot of accolades and encouraging words about you, do you feel you also want to move to the big team like your colleagues in the English Premeir league even though you are playing for Marselile which is equally a big team in France?
Dede: Offcourse Marseile is a big team and I dont want to make comparisons about where my colleagues are playing right now I am forcused on the the matches we have left in the league and one game in the french cup which we want to win, then after that I can sit and think of my future though many team have been coming to me for talks but I would also be happy when my colleagues in teams like Sunderland and Fulhan also make it to equally bigger team like Chelsea, Manchester United or even Inter Milan.
SuperSport.com: Finally Dede you have made it at a young age lets go back to Kenya where the kenyan premeir league has seen a lot of players coming up what would be your advice to them as they seek to reach or emulate what you have done?
Dede: Football is a lot about hardwork and the desire to succeed but obviously you have to have alittle bit of talent and the hunger to succeed ,work and fight and to be ready to surmount challenges that come your way since it can never be a smooth road but if you kbnow how to get through difficult situations then offcourse you can make it big anywhere.