France-based players Andre Ayew and Jordan Ayew have dealt Ghana a severe blow after announcing a temporary retirement from the Black Stars, GHANAsoccernet.com can exclusively reveal.
The France-based players have asked the Ghana Football Association(GFA) not to consider them for future call-ups into the Black Stars.
A local radio station reported that the two brothers turned in their resignation letter to the GFA on Tuesday.
The GFA is yet to confirm receiving the letter from the Ayew brothers who play for French side Marseille.
The decision by the sons of legend Abedi Pele comes in the wake of their exclusion from Ghana’s squad for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.
Jordan Ayew was excluded from the intial 26-man squad for the tournament which was announced by coach Kwesi Appiah on December.
Andre Ayew was included in the squad but was subsequently dropped after he failed to arrive in time to be examined by the Ghana team doctors after suffering a hamstring injury.
Jordan was furious over the decision to exclude him and cited Kevin Prince Boateng’s decision to quit the Black Stars as some of the thing not normal in the Ghana federation.
Andre echoed similar sentiments when he was also left out squad expressing his shock over Kwesi Appiah insisting he arrives in camp to be examined by the Ghana doctors.
“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 Ayew said last month in the wake of his exclusion from the squad.
“I’m not angry, I’m just disappointed. It made me know some people in the staff and federation.
“Ghana is a big nation. There are things happening that are not normal, Kevin Prince Boateng issue shows that there are reasons,” Ayew added.
While the Ayews might have their reasons, some have pointed to disciplinary problems for their run-ins with Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah.
Andre was given an ultimatum to apologise over some tantrums he was alleged to have thrown at the coach when he was substituted in their Nations Cup qualifier against Malawi in Blantyre.
Andre scored four goals in 43 appearances for Ghana while Jordan scored twice in his 10 matches for the Black Stars.
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