“Jordan Ayew should always be a bench player for Ghana,” Former sports minister Nii Lanteh Vanderpuye explains why


The former minister in charge of Youth and Sports has insisted that the younger one among the Ayew brothers should always be on the Black Stars bench

Former Ghana Youth and Sports minister Nii Lanteh Vanderpuye says Crystal Palace forward Jordan Ayew should never start games for Black Stars.

According to Vanderpuye, Ayew is always effective when he start games from the bench as he

“If I was the coach, I wouldn’t have played Jordan Ayew at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations,” Vanderpuye said in an interview with Joy FM.

“I would’ve played other players like Samuel Owusu. Jordan Ayew performs better when he comes from the bench as he can understand the opponents proper when he sits on the bench and follow the game.”

Vanderpuye further mentioned names of players who impressed him hugely despite Ghana’s poor showing at the Afcon.

“There were however some players who were very impressive. Players who really impressed me were Alexander Djiku, Daniel Kofi Kyereh, Joseph Paintsil, Kamaldeen Sulemana, Abdul Fatawu Issahaku and Samuel Owusu. These players obviously have prospects for the future,” he added.

Ghana failed to win any of their three games in the group stage of the Afcon as they lost to Morocco and minnows Comoros. The Black Stars also drew with Gabon which left them bottom of the table of Group C.


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