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Jordan Ayew returns to Black Stars after calling off retirement

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By Ayipala Jude Anab

 

After writing to the Ghana Football Association (GFA) to announce his return to the Black Stars and making himself eligible to play for the national team, Jordan Ayew has been included in Kwesi Appiah’s 25-man squad that will face Egypt in Ghana’s World Cup qualifying play-off match.

Eye brows were raised when the young striker was dropped out of the Ghana squad that saw off Zambia on 6th September, 2013. Rumors had it that Jordan called Kwesi Appiah to question him about the absence of his name from the squad, which left a wedge between player and coach.

Reacting to those rumors after, the talented striker told Kumasi-based Kessben FM: “I have no problems with anybody. I love my country.”

Also returning are Sulley Muntari, Jerry Akaminko, David Addy, Emmanuel Frimpong, Richard Kingson and Baba Abdul Rahman. The latest blow is that John Boye is out with an injury and it is believed that he will be replaced by Edwin Gyimah, 22, who plies his trade in South Africa for SuperSport United.

Boye joins Jonathan Mensah and Rabiu Mohammed who are out of the squad due to injury, and Harrison Afful who is on suspension.

 

In a related issue, there will be a stakeholders meeting on the 3rd of October, 2013 at the Baba Yara sports stadium in Kumasi to confirm the reduction of ticket prices that were recently increased.

The reduction will involve the popular stands and the center line, that is, from Gh¢ 8 to Gh¢ 5 and from Gh¢ 20 to Gh¢ 10 respectively. However, the VIP and VVIP tickets will remain Gh¢ 30 and Gh¢ 50 respectively.

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