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20.10.2008 Football News

Andre in for the national service

By Ghana FA
Andre in for the national service

A little over a year ago, Andre Ayew earned his debut call up into the senior national team when former Ghana coach, Claude Le Roy named him in his team for a friendly against Senegal.

The youngster, son of former Black Stars captain Abedi Ayew, went on to force his way into the team, claiming a place in Ghana's squad for the 2008 African Cup of Nations.

During the CAN, Andre Ayew's international career was questioned. Various people claimed he was a hot prospect, some argued that he was not ready for the big stage and he was also written off entirely by others.

But for a player, who has been enjoying Champions League football with French side, Olympique Marseille before his loan move to Lorient this season, there might be something about his game that had a couple of English sides – Arsenal and Newcastle - queuing for his signature.

Andre, yet to turn 19, certainly hasn't reached the level of his dad but has shown promise that he is capable of getting there.

“I am not my dad, you know. I am Andre and have a different style. I am patient and I will wait for my chance to hit that level,” he said to www.ghanafa.org.

After the Cup of Nations, there was a time during when the people thought that the former Marseille player's Ghana days were over as he missed out some senior call ups. Andre was rather called up into the national Under-20 side, the Black Satellites and later made the captain of the team.

“I still crave for the Black Stars,” Andre said. “I want to win my place in the Black Stars and also maintain my leadership role in the team (Black Satellites).”

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