Black Stars squad: Dropping Andre Ayew was the most difficult decision, says Otto Addo

Ayew who’s the most capped active player (120) scored five goals in 19 league appearances for French Ligue 1 side, Le Havre in the 2023/24 season

Black Stars coach Otto Addo says dropping captain Andre Ayew from the 26-man squad for Ghana’s 2026 World Cup qualifiers against Mali and Central African Republic in June was the “most difficult decision”.

Ayew who is the most capped active player (120)  scored five goals in 19 league appearances for French Ligue 1 side, Le Havre in the 2023/24 season.

The 34-year-old was clubless until he joined Le Havre in January 2024.

It was reported earlier this month that Otto Addo has had conversations with some key players in the team and that he wants to move on and build the team around young players.

Addressing journalists at a press conference on Wednesday Otto Addo said he held a long conversation with on why he has been dropped.

”I had a long talk with Andre. Personally, I visited him and gave him the reasons why he is not in the squad at the moment. For me, I can say I don’t like to give information out about what we spoke about,” Addo said.

“At the moment, Andre is a living legend of Ghana. It’s unbelievable what he did for the country and it’s the most difficult decision because I like him as a person and also as a player,” he said.

“And this is a decision we took, not like he necessarily agreed but I gave him the explanation so I don’t want to take it to another extent and say something for people to write about. I still have big respect for him.”

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