Dede saves father

Many football loving Ghanaians have unfairly and wrongly criticized and accused Ghana´s soccer legend, Abedi Ayew Pele for allegedly

influencing the inclusion of his two sons, Ibrahim and Dede Ayew in the Black Stars´ squad, but now, I believe that after the splendid performance put up by Andrea Dede´ Ayew in the African Cup of Nations, especially in Ghana´s game against Burkina Faso, he has saved his father´s name.

Dede Ayew, whom many thought was riding on the shoulders of his legendary father´s name to gain selection into the Black Stars, scored Ghana´s only goal of Ghana´s game against Burkina Faso and was adjudged and given the Samsung Best Player of the Match´ award. His goal and quality contribution in the game however ensured that each member of the team became richer by GH¢30,000.00 after just a win and moved the team on to the grand final of Angola 2010 tournament.

Many Ghanaians singled out the Ayew brothers and lambasted them for the Black Stars poor showing in their opening game against the Ivory Coast. As usual their father was not spared. Some even claimed and spoke as if they had proof that the maestro influenced selection in the current Black Stars as he is alleged to have done some years back when he was captain of the team.

One would have thought that after Dede´s inspirational captaincy role and important goals that saw the Black Satellites of Ghana annexing the Africa and World Under-20 trophies and emerging as one of the best playmakers in the Egypt tournament, those critics would let Abedi´s name rest. It is very disheartening when some people take delight in castigating people who have selflessly and dedicatedly served this nation.

I need not remind Ghanaians of the numerous contributions of Abedi Pele to the history and present of Ghana football but I think that Dede deserves to be in the Black Stars by all standards taking into consideration his playing skills, dedication and commitment to his motherland as he is quoted to have said in one of his interviews that “…obviously my first choice is to play for my country, for the people of Ghana and to represent Africa in the right way in the eyes of the World… if God permits, I want to better what my father did for our country and Africa…” He has proved that he is in the Black Stars on his own merit and not because of his father.

Fellow country folks, Andrea Dede Ayew, who snubbed a call up to play for the French national team and instead chose Ghana, the land of his origin has delivered two trophies already to the Osu Castle as captain of the Black Satellites. Obviously he will be the captain of the Black Meteors and believe it or not he is the future captain of the Ghana Black Stars.

He deserves to be in the team with his overall performance so far so let us not deprive Ghana of this developing talent with envy and insults but rather be guided and motivated by the Abedi and Dede Ayew story so that we can work harder thatn before, live good and exemplary lives which our children will come to benefit from one day.

Abedi has done it for Ghana and left us with Ibrahim, Andrea and Jordan Ayew. What is your own contribution to your family and mother Ghana as a whole?

Philip Adu-Mensah
Lascala, Accra
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