Sports News of Saturday, 13 April 2013
Ghanaian striker Jordan Ayew has issued a vigorous defence of his brother Andre’s form after criticism in the French media over his performance for Marseille over the past two months.
Andre Ayew, the son of OM legend Abedi Pele, has not been quite as effective in the current campaign as he was last season.
He recently revealed that he has been hampered by tendonitis in a knee but plays through the pain barrier to help the club.
Ayew’s brother and team-mate Jordan has launched a staunch defence of him after criticism in the French media.
Jordan said: “It’s tough to play injured. But my brother sacrifices himself for the club. Sometimes, the things said about him aren’t fair.
“In his place, I would be flat on my back and would have said: ‘Stop!’ He’s an example for everyone, for all the youngsters.
“Even if I’m strong mentally, he’s something else. That’s his strength. Hats off to him.”
With Marseille in second place in Ligue 1 and chasing a return to the Champions League, Andre says he would be doing his utmost to help ensure the club had a successful season.
“What’s important is to work, to do what I can to help the team win the game,” he said.
“If I have to fight and battle through things to help the team move forward, I’ll continue to do so right to the end,” he added.