Marseille seek to delay Ayews AFCON departure

Jordan Ayew is a key player for Marseille

French side Marseille will approach the Ghana FA (GFA) this week to plead for Andre Ayew and Jordan Ayew’s departure for the Africa Cup of Nations to be delayed.   

The two brothers must be released by Marseille on 7th January for the Africa Cup of Nations which starts on 21 January.   

According to Fifa regulations, players must be released two weeks before a major tournament starts which puts the Ghana FA in an advantageous position.   

Marseille have been struggling this season but the two Ghana internationals are very important players for them.   

Andre is the club’s second highest scorer with six goals while Jordan has scored two times in the league for the former European champions.   

Sixth-placed Marseille will resume the winter break on 15 January when they take on champions Lille in a must-win game.   

They need the two players to ensure that they beat Lille to stay in the title race which means they must plead with the Ghana FA and coach Goran Stevanovic for the release of the players.   

The GFA has stated that all players must report to their South African camp by the stipulated 7 January date but Marseille are keen on trying.   

By the time Marseille’s game with Lille is played the Black Stars will be serious with their camping in Rustenburg.   

They will press for the two players to stay with the Marseille winter camp which starts on 3 January but if they are unsuccessful they could offer to fly the players by special jet in and out of the camp in South Africa.   

It is now known if the GFA will make a deal but with future relations with these clubs at stake, Ghana could be tempted to make a deal.