Andre Ayew has revealed how phone calls from Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan convinced him into returning to the Black Stars.
The Olympique Marseille disclosed to the media frantic efforts made by the Al Ain ace to have him return to the national team on the eve of Ghana’s 2-1 win over Zambia in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers.
Ayew had called temporary time on his international career – stating he had problems with members of the Black Stars management committee.
Ghana President John Mahama amongst other influential people helped in the process of convincing the 2009 Ghana U20 World Cup winning captain and his younger brother Jordan into rescinding their decision to leave the Black Stars.
But it was the telephone conversations from captain Asamoa Gyan that according to Andre showed how much he was missed and needed back in the team.
“I have something to say about our captain here [Asamoah Gyan]. He has done a great job since,” he said.
“A lot of senior players were not there, he had a lot of pressure but did his role very well.
“He gave me a call about two-three times. He was telling me to come back and I shouldn’t forget that today when we look at the Black Stars after him I am the oldest in the team and I have to come and help.
“And as soon as the captain called and said something like that, you need to think and know that a lot of people are behind pushing for me to come.
“When the captain speaks, he speaks on behalf of the team – that means it was something the team wants and I cannot refuse that.
“So me coming back is great and I want to congratulate everybody for what they have done in the past six months that I wasn’t here and hopefully we are going to do much with the return of a lot of players and with the team spirit that is already there.”
Watch the video of Andre Ayew’s revelation below: