By Kent Mensah
“OMG!! What is happening?!?!” - was an earsplitting response to a tweet from the official handle of Goal.com Ghana when news broke that two of Ghana’s stars in the making – Andre and Jordan Ayew – have taken a bow from international football.
The signs have been on the wall. But as to when it will manifest – no one knew. It hit everyone like a punch and spread like a wild blaze. Sad though the news was, at least, it came with some level of relief – the Ayews are just trying the boots which have hitherto been worn by two of their senior colleagues – Asamoah Gyan and Michael Essien.
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Their decision is a fleeting one. And that makes things difficult because that ‘clause’ – temporary withdrawal of services - leaves everyone in limbo as to when they will decide to rescind their decisions. Already, the sons of one-time Ghana captain, Abedi Ayew Pele, have been hauled to the altar of public criticism and been given the customary dress down of the no-nonsense Ghanaian football fans.
“Ghana football is not for the Ayew family,” “Let them go to hell,” and “Who cares about the Ayews, they should give us a break,” – are just a few of the public backlash making rounds on social networks and some of Ghana’s porous radio stations.
Naturally, anyone who finds him or herself in the uncomfortable boots of the Ayews will hardly react in a different way from what the Olympique Marseille duo did. How many of us have not resigned from work places and would not want to quit our jobs due to strained relationship with our bosses? For some, the opportunity has not rear its head yet, and if it did they will pounce on it with alacrity.
On the facade, the Ayews could easily be tagged as young supercilious and opportunistic babies who are
"I have played to the best of my ability and served my nation with commitment, it appears that my efforts have not impressed the management team"
Andre boldly stated in his letter: “My decision to withdraw my services from the national team results from a number of issues or matters that have occurred quite recently, especially with regard to my relationship with the management team of the senior national team, the Black Stars.
“These matters have so affected me emotionally and psychologically such that I am unable presently to offer the best of my services to my dear nation. I assure my colleagues in the national team and my fans that my decision is only to enable me pull myself together and motivate myself.”
Then his younger brother, Jordan, also pointed out: “The reasons for my decision, although personal, I believe, would eventually inure to the benefit of the Black Stars… I intend not only to work hard in my club as a young player so I can obtain the quality, experience and stature necessary for a call up to play in the national team, but also ensure that my membership of the national team when I soon come out of my temporary resignation endures in a more secure manner so as to avoid the situation where I am unsure as to when my services are required...”
He continued: “The point I have just made is vindicated by the fact that although on every occasion that I have had the opportunity to play for my nation I have played to the best of my ability and served my nation with commitment, it appears that my efforts have not impressed the management team of the senior national team.
“The reason is that in the position for which my services are required for the national team, I have been ranked way behind several players as not to merit a place in the team on occasions when it mattered. My observation comes against the backdrop of the fact that I was considered not good enough to play for the national team even at a time when my club believed I was doing very well and honoured with player of the month for my club.”
|It is about time Kwesi Nyantakyi and his men bit between their teeth and address these issues before it cost us a place at the 2014 World Cup
- Kent Mensah
The Ayews must not be crucified. They must be understood for being courageous to air their or the dirty laundry of the Black Stars in public, which if they had kept would have had unsympathetic effect on their performance in the Ghana shirt. Gyan asked for a similar prescription and he was given. He returned after half a year and was given the armband. Essien took similar pills, but feels he needs more time to sort out club issues. These are highly regarded players at national level who paved the way for national team hiatus – despite the open flaks - hence it is the right of the Ayews and every player of the Black Stars to resort to such ‘gambit’ to pull themselves together.
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The Ayews’ exposé should be a wake up call to the FA and Ghanaians that all is not well with our globally revered national team. There are certain players in the squad who would not take the stance of the Ayews for all the tea in China, despite the numerous imaginary cracks within the team that need to be patched. It is about time Kwesi Nyantakyi and his men bit between their teeth and address these issues before it cost us a place at the 2014 World Cup. The Ayews’ situation should not be seen as an act of war because they are not the bigger fishes to fry – the FA knows the problems to deal with so let the young boys enjoy their leave.
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