Leicester City winger, Abdul Fatawu Issahaku, has shared insights into his admiration for Black Stars captain Andre Ayew, expressing how the seasoned footballer has served as an inspiration and idol in his football journey.
The 19-year-old, who is currently making waves in the English Championship with Leicester City, revealed that Ayew's playing style and unwavering passion for the game have made him an influential figure in his career.
Ayew, who has had successful stints in the Premier League with West Ham United, Swansea, and Nottingham Forest, is regarded as one of the most accomplished Ghanaian footballers in England.
"When I was coming up, I looked up to André," Issahaku stated in an interview with LCFC.
He added, "I liked how he was playing and how much passion he had for football."
Describing Ayew as his idol, Issahaku emphasized the impact of Ayew's personality and commitment to the sport.
"He was always passionate about the game. He always gave his all to the team, and, at that time, I just loved him. I wanted to be like him, and now I play with him for Ghana," he added.
Issahaku, who made his debut for the Black Stars at age 17, shared the pitch with Ayew, fulfilling a dream of playing alongside his idol.
Reflecting on the experience, he said, "It was a great feeling to meet him. The most exciting part was when I went there; he guided me. He started to give me advice about the game and how to improve."
The Leicester City star highlighted Ayew's ongoing support, both on and off the pitch, emphasizing the captain's role in offering advice and guidance.
"He talks to you on the game, and even off the pitch, with me here, we still talk. He tells me what he would do and what, as a player, I should be doing and shouldn’t be doing," Issahaku continued.