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Veteran coach JE Sarpong hopes Andre Ayew will accept Black Stars snub in good faith

Veteran Ghanaian coach J.E Sarpong says he is hoping Andre Ayew will accept his exclusion from the Black Stars in good faith.

Black Stars coach Otto Addo on Wednesday released a list of 26 players for the 2026 World Cup qualifying games against Mali and Central Africa Republic, excluding captain Andre Ayew from the squad.

Despite enjoying a descent season with La Havre in the Frecnh Ligue 1, the 34-year-old was unable to break into Otto Addo’s 26-man squad.

Ayew, who joined Le Havre in November 2023 played a huge role to help Le Havre escape the drop at the end of the campaign.

The 34-year-old Ghana forward scored five goals in 19 Ligue 1 games, emerging as the highest Ghanaian scorer in the top-flight in the just ended season.

Speaking to Asempa FM, the former Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko coach said he is hoping Ayew will embrace his snub in good faith.

“Andre Ayew has paid his dues, but the manner in which we say goodbye to our players is not pleasant. I’m being skeptical because Ayew is on form. He has come back to his form considering his performance in the just ended season. Ayew was scoring in the French Ligue so I thought his form could carry him to the national team”

“If Ayew will be retired from the team it should be after the qualifiers. I don’t understand why we just push our skippers from the team. It happened to Kwesi Appiah, Asamoah Gyan and now Andre. The debate will continue but I’m hoping Ayew will take it in good faith and moves on” he said.

Ayew has made a record 120 appearances and scored 24 goals for Ghana.

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