By Patrick Akoto
Andre Ayew is unhappy with the way the Ghana Football Association handled his alleged bust up with the technical team and colleagues during the Black Stars 1-0 win over Malawi in a 2013 African Cup of Nations qualifier.
The 22-year-old offered an unqualified apology to the technical team and his teammates in time to avoid sanctions after he was issued with a one-week ultimatum to show remorse.
The Marseille winger was heavily criticized after he refused to shake hands with the technical team and colleagues after he was replaced in the second half.
He was unhappy with the decision of coach Appiah to substitute him and angrily shook his head as he came off the pitch in Lilongwe and reportedly offered a half-hearted apology during a meeting with the management team.
Ayew has however responded in time by offering an unquanflied apology but expresses surprise at the turn of event.
“I hereby render an unqualified apology to all Ghanaians, especially my fans whose prayers and well wishes have played an immense role and encouraged me to offer the very best of my services to the national teams of the Republic of Ghana anytime I am called upon to do so.” he said in a statement.
“I also do apologize to the technical team and the playing body who, I am alleged to have been disrespectful to, as well as the Black Stars Management Committee and Technical Team which were gravely unhappy over utterances and gestures I allegedly made when I was substituted.
“I must add that although the details of my alleged utterances and gestures have not been confirmed to me and I do not recall same, I have acceded to your request for an apology also for the reason that even if I take the view that my alleged conduct did not offend or was never intended to offend anybody.
“”An apology is still desirable since I have been informed that the Black Stars Management Committee and Technical Team were gravely unhappy, and also that my alleged conduct was disrespectful of the technical team and the playing body.
Ayew is an influential member of the Black Stars and expected to feature prominently in next year’s Nations Cup in South Africa