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Andre speaks on Ghana exclusion

Andre Ayew has finally broken his silence over the issue of his exclusion from the African Cup of Nations due to injury. The midfielder has said he is “shocked” and “disappointed”.

The player left no doubt that he was committed to making it into the team for South Africa, even though he had a hamstring injury. Stars boss Kwesi Appiah did not include the player in his final squad as Andre was unable to reach the Abu Dhabi camp in time. But, Le Phonceen reports the player as saying that he had preferred to start treating his injury in France, describing his exclusion in morose terms.

"On Sunday evening, I was taking the plane to the selection, but I got the information at the last minute as I was told by the coach not to come," Ayew revealed.

"It was shocking. The coach based on the fact that he only wanted players [who are 100%], which is surprising because apparently there are a lot of casualties there."

Andre went on to lament the difficulty in accepting the decision of the coach: "Discipline I speak of, but they were aware that I would be late, discipline. I gave everything for the selection, so it is not easy to accept."

"I’m not angry, I’m just disappointed. It made me know some people in the staff and federation."

In a dig at the way the Ghana FA handled the issue of his friend Kevin-Prince Boateng, the Marseille player hinted at some bad things happening in the corridors of power.

"Ghana is a big nation. There are things happening that are not normal, Kevin Prince Boateng issue shows that there are reasons," Ayew said.


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