2014 World Cup: Matured Andre Ayew primed for improved performance in Brazil

Andre Ayew made his World Cup debut four years ago in South Africa

Andre Ayew made his World Cup debut four years ago in South Africa

By Ameenu Shardow

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Ghana forward Andre Ayew believes he has matured enough to offer an improved performance at the 2014 World Cup.

The 24-year-old is in the running to play in his second straight World Cup finals having been named in Ghana’s provisional squad for June’s tournament in Brazil.

Ayew has grown to become an influential member of the Black Stars team ever since making his World Cup debut four years ago in South Africa.

The Olympique Marseille talisman now looks to crank up his performance having gained more experience with one of the top clubs in Europe.

“I will approach the World Cup with more maturity, confidence, and certainty,” he said.

“We acknowledge the fact that we are in the group of death.”

Ayew was one of the major beneficiaries of the wholesale promotion of players from Ghana’s 2009 U20 team to the Black Stars.

The son of Ghana legend Abedi Pele alongside the likes of Daniel Opare, Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu, Jonathan Mensah and Dominic Adiyiah earned the chance to play for Ghana at senior level after excelling with the Black Satellites.

READERS COMMENTS

  1. Papa Nkrumah says:

    Eiiii!!! If Dede improves upon his South Africa outing then our opponents are in serious trouble. In fact, Dede played so well then that Sulley (at that time) was only good for the bench. Most football pundits know that the reason Ghana didn’t get past Uruguay was not because of Suarez or Gyan but because Dede was suspended for that match. He was so good he made our left back look like there was no problem there by falling back to defend, tackling and winning balls, and it was sooooo difficult to win the ball off him. OMG! That was the best I had seen of Dede. I don’t know why he is so under-valued. If he is promising more, then together with Gyan, Waris, K. Asamoah and KPB, Ghana will really go far. Let the games begin.

    • Ken says:

      He keep his promises. You are right. His inability to play the last game against Uruguay is hunting him. He knows Ghana needs him than ever before, therefore he cannot afford to make mistakes again.

    • Papa Nkrumah says:

      And Dede is his own best critic. It really wasn’t his fault that he was suspended. It was a refereeing error who didn’t see that the America striker (Altidore?) had tripped accidentally and showed Dede the card. I pray all the other players will be as serious as they are with their clubs.

  2. texas says:

    That is the spirit. No one not even referees can stop us….only we can stop ourselves by living in fear, respecting opponents too much, not believing in ourselves, and not using opportunities that come our way. Dede, you and your team mates should fight for every ball until each game ends.

  3. kuukuphilly says:

    This Guy is in line to take the captain armband from gyan very soon.a workaholic in the midfield.

  4. Spirit says:

    I thank God we are beginning to see the impact Dede had on our moving on in the last world cup as he was the brain behind all the spot kicks that saw us through the group stage. If we have had the current form of k. asamoah gyan, and the spirited companies of the current squad. We could have been in the finals against spain. His suspension saw us packing home and am glad we are going back with a better squad along with Ayew. A wonderful world cup awaits Ghana.

  5. Don Dominic says:

    i can see that all our players have improved. and the experience is more now. ebe ye huhuuhu in Brazil. Brazil here we come.

  6. 21guns says:

    We have no respects for any team.

    THE LIKES OF AYEW,ESSIEN GYAN, KELVIN PRINCE BOATENG, ATSU, KWADWO ASAMOAH, WAKASO HAVE NO RESPECT FOR NOO TEAM, THEY GOT THE EXPERIENCE AND THE STRENGTH TO STAND ANY TEAM IN A GOOD DAY.

    We have zero problem going to this world cup… Apart from the experience platers we have some smart youngsters like Atsu, accam,Jordan,oppression,John boye etc who can use their strengths…

    Nothing is going to stop us from qualifying from the group stage

  7. ZG GH4LIFE says:

    Tick Tock Tick Tock, this USA, Germany and Portugal players will not know what hit them, they keep down playing Ghana, they should ask Uruguay, it took a handball to stop Ghana lol

  8. Ken says:

    The one million dollar question is, Can Kwesi Appiah use these quality players to achieve better result than 2010 coach Milo?

  9. kaf says:

    my starting eleven for d world cup kwarasey afful shulcpp akaminko boye acquah Kevin Dede asamoah warris gyan

  10. Yes u can Dede.That is what we expecting from you.keeps it up.Gud chance Dede.

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