By Patrick Akoto
Veteran Ghanaian trainer Emmanuel Kwesi Afranie says Andre Ayew should be blamed for his exclusion from Ghana’s squad for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa.
The 23-year-old was dropped from the Black Stars team after he failed to report to the team’s training camp to be assessed by the team’s medics.
The axing of the Marseille star by coach Kwesi Appiah has sharply divided Ghanaians.
Critics have accused the ex-Ghana international of playing to the gallery in throwing out the influential player from his team.
But the former Black Stars coach has rubbished the claims and insists Ayew should take responsibility for his axing.
“I don’t understand why people always find fault with every decision. Kwesi Appiah wanted to take the player to the Nations Cup,” Afranie told Accra-based Peace FM.
“From all indications, it was obvious it was the player who didn’t want to go.
“The blame should be laid his(Ayew) doorstep not Kwesi Appiah.
“There was a timeline for everyone to arrive in camp, he was given additional two-days and yet he failed to report to camp.
“Then suddenly some people turn around to blame the coach for his decision, it beats my imagination.
“He (Andre Ayew) didn’t want to go.”
Ayew has since joined his Marseille teammates in Morocco for their training camp.