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Jordan Ayew reveals rejecting France call

Posted On Wednesday, 25th August 2010

Jordan Ayew reveals he rejected offers to play for his country of birth, France.

Olympique Marseille youngster Jordan Ayew has exclusively told Ghanasoccernet.com he turned down offers to play for France before being named in Ghana’s squad for next month’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

Jordan, the third son of African football legend Abedi Pele, has been touted for greatness since breaking into the Marseille first team at age 17.

France Football Federation officials have made several failed attempts to lure him play for Les Blues and his unequivocal decision to reject those calls clearly underlines his desire to play for the West African country.

“I spoke to the France football officials last month and they were ready to invite me but I refused and that decision was not because of my brothers-Andre and Rahim or my dad but it is because I’m a Ghanaian and my whole family is in Ghana and when I have holidays I come to Ghana so I’m a Ghanaian so I have to play for Ghana,” The Marseille-born 18-year-old told Ghanasoccernet in an exclusive interview.

“I discussed this with my mum and dad about this and they liked it so I wasn’t anything difficult to do.”

He was due to play for Ghana’s Under-20 team in the African qualifiers but his club refused his release.

“I must say that I was a bit shocked when my club told me about an invitation to play for the Black Stars because I was also thinking about playing for the Under-20 to qualify for the African Cup,” he added.

“But I’m ready and prepared to play my part.”

The 18-year-old will be chasing his first cap on 5 September at the Somhlolo Stadium in Swaziland.

He has been a bit-part player for the French champions this term, making a substitute appearances in the first three matches played so far.

Jordan scored one goal in four Ligue 1 appearances last term for Marseille.

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READERS COMMENTS

  1. JAHsly says:

    Jah Jordan, you have spoken like a true BLACK STAR. You make me even mo proud to be MADE in GHANA. JAH guide and JAH bless.

  2. Brontortor!!! says:

    Dude, do the best for Ghana. Play your heart out, and be prepared to learn. BUT!!!!, be careful about Ghanaians and what they say about you, because there will come a day when they will criticize you and drag your name in the mud. Just do your best and leave everything on the pitch, and once you are satisfied in your heart, you can have your peace of mind and go to bed at night knowing you did your best, no matter what anyone says. You are earmarked for greatness.

  3. nash says:

    MY BROTHER AS BRONTORTOR SAID PLAY UR HEART AND LEAVE THE REST FOR US TO JUDGE,LOOK AT UR DAD,UR BROTHER DEDE,AND APPIAH WHEN PLAYING WITH ALL THEIR HEART,PEOPLE WILL STILL CRITICIZE THEM,BUT THE SKY WILL BE UR LIMIT,WE WILL PRAY FOR YOU.
    JORDAN AYEKOOOOOOOOOOOO.

  4. Nana Yaw says:

    Im very happy or him but I think the manager should also look at other players we need an out and out right winger lloyd Sam of leeds has scored two in two gams and hit the post with his head, a very good player but yet he does not even get considered thats wrong. Manage you have done well but give others a chance rather than focussing on names.

  5. Kenneth County says:

    From this interview it is clear this youngster has brains and maturity far beyond his age. His elder brother is the toast of Ghanaian football fans. But I understand Jordan has even more to offer Ghana and from the little that I have seen I think it is not an overstatement. So let’s give him the encouragement and watch him take off. Good Luck Jordan and welcome to the Big Time.

  6. yahuza musah says:

    This is what we call Ghanaian not so call baloteli .keep up boy we love u guy

  7. kakuta says:

    Jordan please don’t be like sully be respectful to the elderly one God bless

  8. Borini says:

    Kakuta infact u are a fool.what has sulley done to you.every makes mistakes and so does sulley.he is a human being so please let us rest about this issue.beeing the son of abedi pele does not mean u re great.





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