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Five reasons why Jordan Ayew was dropped from Ghana's AFCON squad

Posted On Friday, 14th December 2012

Jordan Ayew

Jordan Ayew emerged one of the major casualties in coach Kwasi Appiah’s provisional 26-man squad for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

The 20-year-old was shockingly left out of the team that hopes to end Ghana’s 31-year wait for an African title by the time the competition kicks off on January 19 in South Africa.

GHANAsoccernet.com analyses five plausible reasons for the Olympique Marseille striker’s exclusion from the squad that was announced on Thursday.

1. Below-par performance in recent games:

For his club, Jordan has been very good this season. Churning out impressive displays and scoring goals which resulted in him being named Marseille’s Player of the Month for November.

He has however failed to translate his good club form in a Black Stars shirt in recent games.

Jordan was a mere passenger in Ghana’s 1-0 defeat at Zambia in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers and again failed to make his presence felt in the first leg match of the final 2013 Nations Cup qualifier in Accra against Malawi.

In that particular game played at the Accra Sports Stadium, fans actually called for his immediate substitution when it became vaguely evident he had nothing to offer.

That stinking performance negated all his good works at the last Nations Cup where he came good particularly in the quarter final game against Tunisia and the last four match which Ghana lost against Zambia.

2. Stiff-competition:

When the Goal King of an European league is unable to make Ghana’s provisional squad for a major tournament like the Nations Cup, then you really know there is just not enough places for too many quality materials.

Jordan at this point fell prey to the competition and dare I say the politics of player selection.

One is easily tempted pick a regular performer for Olympique Marseille into a squad of 26 players.

But just like I discussed above, Jordan comes up way to short on the score cards for the national team.

He was competing with Asamoah Gyan (who is always going to make the team), Richmond Boakye-Yiadom who scores regularly at club level and makes a more meaningful impact relative to games he’s played for Ghana, an Emmanuel Clottey who shot up suddenly due to his exploits in the CAF Champions League and the fact that you needed some indigenous representation and then one who really epitomizes domestication, Yahaya Mohammed.

Coach Kwasi Appiah, faced with these facts, needed to make a decision and he opted against taking the youngest son of Abedi Pele to South Africa.

3. Destructive tendencies:

Despite no clear proof of Jordan being a nuisance in camp, it has always stuck on him as a striking perception. This perception according to sources close to the team are very much REAL.

And with the Nations Cup spans over a three-week period every coach would want to administer a happy camp thus the personalities they select to make the group.

4. Temperament:

Jordan Ayew is an acclaimed player with a very short fuse. He wouldn’t mind getting into a brawl for his teammate or exchange unkind words with an opposition on the field of play.

Sometimes that kind of fire and passion is needed in a player, but the suspicion is that coach Akwasi Appiah is not prepared to risk anything in South Africa.

5. Allegation of being individualistic:

“We realized also that some players played to secure individual fame and glory to the detriment of the team,” Ghana FA boss Kwasi Nyantakyi said as one of the reasons the Black Stars failed to deliver in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.

And I try to make a list of people who fell into that category off the top of my head and you’ll find Jordan Ayew high on the list.

He is a delightful player to watch when he is on form, no two ways about that.

But in times where its just not coming together for him, the 20-year-old clearly lacks the maturity to alter his game and rather persists with his ambition to excite the crowd with needless skills and antics.

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READERS COMMENTS

  1. SNOW DEMON says:

    FOR A 2ND TIME, I’VE READ A NICE PIECE ON GSN. THUMBS UP. THAT CHILD NEEDS MORE PHSYCO. HE JUST SUCKS IN THE WHITE SHIRT

  2. Kwame Adu-Gyamfi says:

    Yeah, this is actually a good analysis. I still would’t have dropped him, but I completely understand the reasoning behind it.

  3. real sabacious says:

    All the above reasons are bogus!!!!!!!the whole team failed to click against the Zambians,so what are u ppl talking about?i admire boakye yiadom but jordan is strickly ahead of him.playing ahead of remy in marseille tells u the player he’s.he has really matured both mentaly and physically as a player.i hope the goals flow in the SA,otherwise some of us will never forgive AA.what’s clottey,kissi and derek doing in the team?derek and inkoom are in the same situation,so why dropped inkoom and include derek?

  4. bbc says:

    We respect the decision of the manager for whatever players he thinks can do better but in my opinion when you look at the strike force we can rely on any of those strikers even Gyan even now that he is not taking panelties.Jorden could have been a good substitute cos Andrew will motivate him to do great in case any injury concern. We saw it in the last nation’s cup when he came off the bench to be named man of the match.I am not under rating the local players but sometimes when they get to the big stage it hard for then to handle pressure. Go Ghana go!

  5. leshaq says:

    They didn’t call the young man, period it ends there. Why all these bullshit. Aba! leave him alone.

  6. Mike says:

    You people, dont just report bad news about other countries esp Nigeria and Zambia, tell the people of Ghana that

    1. Zambia Voted the Second Best Team in the World behind Spain

    2. Herve Renard has been voted the 5th Best Coach in the world

    3. Zambias player ‘Ucar’s 107 goals has been proved

    still in doubt? use google or visit http://www.zambianfootball.co.zm

    This should give u an idea about your chances of winning AFCON 2013 or qualifying for the Brazil 2014

  7. Chibesa says:

    It appears a number of African teams are beginning to have faith in players who ply their trade in Africa.Probably it is because the last four Afcons have been won by teams with mostly players who are based in Africa i.e Tunisia in 2004,Egypt in 2006,2008 and 2010 and Zambia in 2012.Maybe our Europe based stars save their feet for the more financially rewarding matches with their clubs and as such cannot give their utmost best when playing for the country.Perhaps the standard of some African based players is now at par as the Europe based players but most of us are blinded by the superior packaging of these overseas leagues that we cannot see the leveling in football standards.

  8. tank God we are not zambians says:

    dis zambian modafuka maks me laugh!dey won afcon so dey say dey are second best in da world. hahha niggro are u da stupid or u hav been smacked wit a dick

    • shegu Alenze says:

      Shut up!!..You idiot…were is your Pride as an African ..You think the Best and Second Best can only come from Europe or won by a white man…With such kind of Inferiority complex, its easy to see why Ghana cant tick..If Zambia is rated second best , then its second Best in the world .Period !!!..If you don’t like it, go hang coz it won’t change

      • Kay says:

        And Fifa ranking where is Zambia? are you not deceiving yourself? Poor Zambia !!!

        Messi, Chitalu records not ours, FIFA
        Friday, December 14th, 2012 at 17:59

        FIFA says the world record for the most goals scored by an individual in a single year is not an official record it keeps and so cannot back either of Argentina or Zambia legends Lionel Messi or Godfrey Chitalu for the honour.

        While Barcelona star Lionel Messi is unofficially seen as the record holder with 88 goals after he surpassed German legend Gerd Muller’s 85 goals last Sunday, the Football Association of Zambia insists that the honour is Chitalu’s saying he scored 107 goals in 1972. They even have a black and white picture of Chitalu in a suit holding a ball with “1972 Godfrey Chitalu 107 goals” inscribed on it.

        Brazilian club Flamengo have also contested Messi’s record, saying their former player, Zico, bagged 89 goals in the 1979 season.

        But the world football governing body has distanced itself from the record which includes local football league games. FIFA says it only keeps records of its competitions as it cannot yet track every football game in the world.

        “It’s not an official FIFA record”, spokesman Alex Stone told BBC Sport.

        “We don’t have a database which details every football game played in every country from around the world since day one of their formation,” Stone added.

        “It’s certainly nothing to do with bias – if we can confirm records from our tournaments we like doing that.

        “It’s the sort of data fans and the media like to see.”

        Of Messi’s record the official said: “It’s a record where someone in the media obviously collected statistics from somewhere and noticed Messi was about to pass that record.”

  9. abed says:

    these reasons are neither here nor there.. if its abt domestication we already goalkeepers from da local lig.jack if u don’t anyfin to say u can next tym save these ur explanations cos da coach as coward as he is, is not ready to gv reasons n u r not da official mouthpiece 4 da coach.

  10. dadaba gonshots says:

    This write-up is a very unfortunate and rather waste of space, in the long sad history of very biased and nonsense write-ups.
    I mean come-on!? Do you mean to tell me Mohammed and Clottey are better than Jordan? Fuck domestication! We want to win not satisfy those who want to go and sell players.
    If Jordan found himself in Africa ( like Clottey did) he would score more goals than Asamoah is scoring in the UAE. It is very clear the coach has his priorities misplaced.

    First he drops Acquah and then Jordan. And when asked about why he did what he did he talks about age, nonsense again! Who is more individualistic than Ronaldo? what didnt we say about Muntari and his antics? I think it is better we stop this line of discussion as it is exposing KA as a better spectator in football than a manager. Nonsense for the third time!!!!!! If you have a personal beef with Abedi please leave his kin out. Even if you win the cup with this selection you will still be a YAWA coach. i thought you were smarter but… . Nonsense for the last time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Ghanaman says:

      IDIOT shut your dirty mouth moron!!!

      • John says:

        Ghanaman, why so sensitive? He’s just telling the truth

      • dadaba gonshots says:

        @Ghanadog: my mouth is not dirty, neither is my thinking. When morons like yourself do not criticise ( constructively) and Coaches make mistakes like what our BS coach has done, they leave the nation with avoidable HEART ATTACKS. He gets his appearance fee and per diem and people end up with elevated BPs/strokes(CVAs) and heart attacks. Everyone is fallible, it is not always smart for you to hire mercenaries to justify your mishap. He is accountable to us, I am sure a percentage of his salary is my INCOME TAX, hence i can criticize him. In this instance I was a bit HARD because i need his attention. If you have a different view please it is within your right to opine your views. Now, who is an idiot now? I bet not me!

    • Kwame says:

      Well said my brother. this coach is an amateur. this is the reason why Ghana always love foreign coaches bcos the local coaches always chooses sides instead of talent. In this case he has little of that behavior but yet still this dropping was totally bullshit!!!!!

  11. tonu says:

    i think dropping Jordan is the best deal we can give Marseille….. its nothing but that … they struggling to win games… they have alot of injuries … and a loss to both ayew brothers will make their situation worse…. lets face facts … we can do it without Jordan…so that was the negotiation and the deal was set…if u dont agree dont insult me … its just my opinion… cos i always said that if Ghana takes both ayew brothers and dont play them both at CAN it wont be fair to Marseille.

    • godfather says:

      the most insightful comment to this topic.

    • SISI says:

      I Agree..thinkn about it …what cant Abedi Pele do in GFA… even Dede played at a young age so the fact that Jordan is young is just not tru… look at marseille… Loic Remy is not fit, Gignac is not fully fit, Valbuena is not fully fit ,… Dede is not.. they are all not playing full time.. Its simple Abedi Pele could have let Jordan go to the CAN.. and we know he can… its cos of Marseille …nothing else but that

  12. real sabacious says:

    i wonder if he Akwasi Appiah even follow our players abroad as some of us do.if indeed he did monitor them,i strongly believed he will not have included both Afful and Paintsil in the team.simply bcos Akaminko has been excelling on the right full back position with his club and once again he was at his best lastnite with their match against bursaspor which ended 2-2.i hope and pray he doesn’t exclude him from the final list,cos AA can’t be trusted anymore.infact some of us who campaign for him to be given the job,are very disappointed.kissi boateng ahead of david addy,clottey and yahaya mohammed ahead of jordan and warris and the worse of it all is the inclusion of rusty derek boateng who doesn’t even warm the bench for dnipro.

  13. GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:

    in dont EVEN UNDERSTAND WHY GHSCCRNET HAD TO TELL THE FANS THIS PIECE ABOUT AHY AA REFUSED TO INCLUDE JORDAN AYEW IN HIS 26 MAN SQUAD. I FOLLOW MOST OF THE GH PLAYERS, CLUBS AND WHEN THEY GET CALLED UP FOR GBSTAR, SO I ALREADY KNOW THIS. THE AVERAGE GH FAN WILL NEVER DO SO. YET, WHEN A PLAYER THEU “LIKE” IS EXCLUDED, THEY START ASKING DUMB GYIMI GYIMI QUESTIONS. JORDAN, DEREK BOATENG WERE IN THE FRACAS THAT BROKE OUT IN ZAMBIA. JORDAN IS PRESENTLY GOING TO THE FRENCH LEAGUE DISCIPLINARY CMTEE FOR ELBOWING ANOTHER PLAYER IN A LEAGUE GAME. HE FAILED TO DELIVER AT AFCON 2012. UP UNTIL THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER, JORDAN HASNT BEEN A CONSISTENT SCORER. HE RARELY HELPS HIS CLUB WIN BALL GAMES. UP UNTIL A MONTH AGO, JORDAN WAS ASKING FOR MORE PLAYING TIME. IF JORDAN WAS A STRIKER FOR HACKEN IN THE SWEDISH LEAGUE, CAN HE BREAK WARRIS 25 GOAL RECORD? I THINK NOT….IF JORDAN WAS A STRIKER FOR BEREKUM CHELSEA DURING THE CHAMPS LEAGUE, COULD HE HVE BROKEN CLOTTEY’S RECORD? I THINK NOT. I WAS AGAINST PLAVI CALLING HIM FOR AFCON 2012. JORDAN IS NOT RIPE FOR GBSTAR. I WAS RIGHT. SEND HIM TO METEORS OR SATTELITES TO EARN HIS STRIPES. HE NEEDS TO LEARN HOW TO PLAY WITH GHFUO PLAYERS. DEDE DID THE SAME N NOW LOOK….

    • kwame pito says:

      Just watch a marseille game for once and you will realize the Jordan of Afcon 2012 is not the Jordan now. He has matured and skillful papa! infact marseille has a game today agains toulous. watch live on stream. Anyways I must add A.A has all our support.

  14. Fresher says:

    @ dadaba gunshot-: You have said it all, infact, I see my spirit in you on this issue. Some gentlemen have so soon forgot how Derrick Boateng caused Ghana’s defeat to the Zambians during the afcon 2012 when through his laziness and sluggishness allowed himself to be shimmied twice by the Zambians which did the damage against Ghana, one resulted in the goal and the other one resulted in that avoidable sending off. That was the time when Derrick Boateng was at the peak of playing time, what about now that he has not featured for his club for nearly a season? Now, I am in doubt that the Ghana FA is a DEN OF SERPENTS (hiding place) that is inhabited by DANGEROUS VIPERS (corrupt men).

  15. real sabacious says:

    @kwame pito,thanks but pls try to ignore ppl who has nothing good to say on the forum apart from talking trash!i wonder why some ppl keep on saying jordan was a flop in afcon 2012.i bet u,clottey and warris will not even manage a place on marseille bench left alone playing!

  16. Great says:

    GSN, de five reasons affect most of de players invited. De last time ghana played malawi most of de players failed to click,de all underperformed so dont single out jordan. When was de last time a.gyan scored for ghana? K.asamoah plays well for his club but comparatively underperforms for bs. Talking about individualistic,even de great C.Ronardo is one including other good players of today. Do u mean emma clotey does well for bs than jordan? De arguement can go on and on and on so dont try to defend AA , he has no tangible reason to exclude jordan. Lets be frank apart from a.gyan jordan is better than all de strikers called up.

  17. Tadi boy says:

    The person who did this analysis is very very stupid.. Ah,what r u driving? Do u wnt to destroy the boy’s career? An international or excuse me an european journalist will nt do that.. God forgive u n b professional.. Silly asshole,no wonder racism still lives.wit such animalistic work,y not?!!

  18. narh says:

    then we should help him coz if balotelli was to play 4 ghana i can bet that he won’t be dropped even though he’s worse that jordan in terms of caracter etc..anyway more room 4 improvement Jordan

  19. noticebod.com says:

    I think it is time for me to give my support to my favourite team. Kodobeba Eleven Dangerous Vipers FC.

  20. MAJOR KWASEA says:

    FIVE MAJOR STUPID REASON WHICH APPLIES TO ALL THE PLAYERS AND YOUR ODA. hehehe!

  21. Zambian livin in a fools paradise says:

    MR. HE-GOAT, when I checked the coca cola rankings (the official ranking site) zambia was no where near the best 20 in this world, which bogus site made you 2nd best? And yeah lest I forget, you have spoken like a true fool, you win one nations cup and you think you are better than a country like Ghana? C’mon fool, you can do better….2nd best my foot shegu alenze the fooool, look at africas performances on the big stage(world cup) before you start polluting peoples minds on this your inferiority complex shit…stupid fool!!!!aahh!!!!goat like you!!!kwashii……aaaa!!!

  22. J.A says:

    D baterfly call himself a bird just bcos its can fly. I dont no y d vagabonds 4rm Zambia keep on liftn thier country higher. Any way, i tink Jodan should hav ben d fist striker to be called bcos compare his league to Gyan’s league. But pls now it has hapend, so lets jets pray 4 dem to win d trophy.

  23. hahaha thats africans for you..even if all those reasons comesurate with a real fact Jordan should have still be included.i dont buy the comment made by Kwesi Nyantakyi its so bogus! Akwesi Appiah should be hornest to himself else we Ghahaians are gonna blame him bitterly after the tournament..lets pray nothing negative happens otherwise Akwesi should get prepared

  24. hahaha thats africans for you..even if all those reasons comesurate with a real fact Jordan should have still been included.i dont buy the comment made by Kwesi Nyantakyi its so bogus! Akwesi Appiah should be hornest to himself else we Ghahaians are gonna blame him bitterly after the tournament..lets pray nothing negative happens otherwise Akwesi should get prepared

  25. Kay says:

    EVERYTHING SMELLS OF ENVY AND HATRED.
    Jordan will arise to become world class striker WITH or WITHOUT Ghana. This explains why Quincy has been avoided all this while, A coach that doesn’t know how to use talents, oh poor Akwasi Appiah.
    How I wish Ghana can get a coach of Arsene Wenger’s caliber.

  26. @Tonu …you are absolutely right..your comment doesn’t call for any insults from anyone.you just pimpointed the fact…i will buy that,thank you.

  27. Deus Wa Soccer says:

    Cool it guys, the coach is just saying ‘mature my boy’ Zambia has a player in the name of Clifford apparently one of the best wingers around.He has one problem discipline, but Jordan is young and he can change dont insult the young man please

  28. Rabbadon Stally says:

    I am really disappointed with the “excuses”, (because they are not cogently convincing reasons),the GFA and Kwesi Appiah are churning out there. I have and will never like or approve a Ghanaian coach to lead the Black star especially when he or she is as quiet as coach Kwesi Appiah. Sorry folks, I take nothing away from him as a great left back, arguably, Ghana has ever had. Kwesi has not got the ego to withstand the likes of Nyantekye, Fred etc.
    There is absolutely no reason whatsoever why they oust Jodan from the team for either Adomah who plays in the Championship in England and Emmanuel Clottey who I read the South African team that bought him are selling due to non-performance oh my gosh. For crying out load, are we saying Adomah and Clottey can fit in the team better than Jordan? If Adomah is good enough why has he played in the championship since I got wind of somewhere around 2007 to date? Cant at least Southampton or West Ham or Reading at least discover his talent and send scouts to watch him? Not even QPR is interesting in him.
    Adoma I am sorry, I have not intent whatsoever to malice you but the behaviour of our football people has brought me to this level. For Clottey, hmmm the least said about him the better. How many goals has he scored so far since he left the chores of Edubiase for greener pastures? No no no how many minutes has he kick the ball for his new team? Even Jordan could compare and to an extent outwit our baby jet except that as the English always does and never wins any tornament, Ronney, no matter how bad he has dip in form they will prefer him to Defoe. Ghana to a great extent have not left or developed its own tenets but continue to behave like its colonial masters. For me, Kwesi the fact that you have not been bold enough, I have lost confidence in you, who I rooted for as coach, and the team you claim to be putting together.
    My passion for Black Star and football is so ardent that if I build confidence in this 60% good team and they fail me I might kick the bucket. Life is too sweet to risk it for people who dont deserve it. When was the last time Derick Boateng kicked a ball for his Dnipro let alone play full 90 minutes? Well, since you have not denied that any football person influenced your decision on any of the players all I will say is good luck but may the better team with determination carry the day.

  29. Rabbadon Stally says:

    I am really disappointed with the “excuses”, (because they are not cogently convincing reasons),the GFA and Kwesi Appiah are churning out there. I have and will never like or approve a Ghanaian coach to lead the Black star especially when he or she is as quiet as coach Kwesi Appiah. Sorry folks, I take nothing away from him as a great left back, arguably, Ghana has ever had. Kwesi has not got the ego to withstand the likes of Nyantekye, Fred etc.
    There is absolutely no reason whatsoever why they oust Jodan from the team for either Adomah who plays in the Championship in England and Emmanuel Clottey who I read the South African team that bought him are selling due to non-performance oh my gosh. For crying out load, are we saying Adomah and Clottey can fit in the team better than Jordan? If Adomah is good enough why has he played in the championship since I got wind of somewhere around 2007 to date? Cant at least Southampton or West Ham or Reading at least discover his talent and send scouts to watch him? Not even QPR is interesting in him.
    Adoma I am sorry, I have not intent whatsoever to malice you but the behaviour of our football people has brought me to this level. For Clottey, hmmm the least said about him the better. How many goals has he scored so far since he left the chores of Edubiase for greener pastures? No no no how many minutes has he kick the ball for his new team? Even Jordan could compare and to an extent outwit our baby jet except that as the English always does and never wins any tornament, Ronney, no matter how bad he has dip in form they will prefer him to Defoe. Ghana to a great extent have not left or developed its own tenets but continue to behave like its colonial masters. For me, Kwesi the fact that you have not been bold enough, I have lost confidence in you, who I rooted for as coach, and the team you claim to be putting together.
    My passion for Black Star and football is so ardent that if I build confidence in this 60% good team and they fail me I might kick the bucket. Life is too sweet to risk it for people who dont deserve it. When was the last time Derick Boateng kicked a ball for his Dnipro let alone play full 90 minutes? Well, since you have not denied that any football person influenced your decision on any of the players all I will say is good luck but may the better team with determination carry the day.Rabbadon Stally

  30. Rabbadon Stally says:

    I am really disappointed with the “excuses”, (because they are not cogently convincing reasons), the GFA and Kwesi Appiah are churning out there. I have and will never like or approve a Ghanaian coach to lead the Black star especially when he or she is as quiet as coach Kwesi Appiah. Sorry folks, I take nothing away from him as a great left back, arguably, Ghana has ever had. Kwesi has not got the ego to withstand the likes of Nyantekye, Fred etc.
    There is absolutely no reason whatsoever why they oust Jodan from the team for either Adomah who plays in the Championship in England and Emmanuel Clottey who I read the South African team that bought him are selling due to non-performance oh my gosh. For crying out load, are we saying Adomah and Clottey can fit in the team better than Jordan? If Adomah is good enough why has he played in the championship since I got wind of somewhere around 2007 to date? Cant at least Southampton or West Ham or Reading at least discover his talent and send scouts to watch him? Not even QPR is interesting in him.
    Adoma I am sorry, I have not intent whatsoever to malice you but the behaviour of our football people has brought me to this level. For Clottey, hmmm the least said about him the better. How many goals has he scored so far since he left the chores of Edubiase for greener pastures? No no no how many minutes has he kick the ball for his new team? Even Jordan could compare and to an extent outwit our baby jet except that as the English always does and never wins any tornament, Ronney, no matter how bad he has dip in form they will prefer him to Defoe. Ghana to a great extent have not left or developed its own tenets but continue to behave like its colonial masters. For me, Kwesi the fact that you have not been bold enough, I have lost confidence in you, who I rooted for as coach and the team you claim to be putting together.
    My passion for Black Star and football is so ardent that if I build confidence in this 60% good team and they fail me I might kick the bucket. Life is too sweet to risk it for people who dont deserve it. When was the last time Derrick Boateng kicked a ball for his Dnipro let alone play full 90 minutes? Well, since you have not denied that any football person influenced your decision on any of the players all I will say is good luck but may the better team with determination carry the day.Rabbadon Stally





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