Andre Ayew has addressed the media on why he was left on the bench in Ghana’s 0-1 win over Zimbabwe in the 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifiers.

The Black Stars’ captain, came off the bench to start the game in the 86th minute.

The Al Sadd striker came on to replace Kudus Mohammed.

“I think the boss did the right thing [in benching me from the start]. We spoke about the injury I was nursing and I’m just so happy that we have the points,” Andre said at post-match.

“It was not an easy time and game for us but we are in a period where I have to be there for the team and every point is important but there are sometimes you have to up a collective decision.”

“I hope that we will continue like this against Ethiopia and the other game and I believe victory will be ours. Ghana will surely qualify for the World Cup,” he stated.

Thomas Partey’s free-kick strike in the 31st minute gave the Black Stars the lead.

Three days earlier, Ghana handed The Warriors a 3-1 away defeat to get back to winning ways, having fallen 1-0 away to South Africa in a matchday two fixture last month.

The West Africans, who started their campaign with a 1-0 home win over Ethiopia, are second on the table in Group G, just one point behind South Africa heading into the final two rounds of matches.

Next month, Ghana play Ethiopia away and host South Africa to wrap up their adventure in the second round of the African qualifiers, where only group winners progress to the third and final round.

Rajevac’s side is chasing a fourth qualification to the World Cup.



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