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2026 World Cup qualifiers: It’s important to have a striker like Jordan Ayew who can hold onto the ball – Otto Addo

Ghana head coach Otto Addo has stressed the significance of Jordan Ayew’s presence in the Black Stars squad, affirming the striker’s prowess in holding up play.

The Crystal Palace forward made a remarkable impact as he came off the bench, securing a crucial 1-2 victory with a late winning goal for Addo’s side.

The 32-year-old almost notched an assist, displaying his skill by setting up Thomas Partey with an exquisite pass, only for the Arsenal midfielder to miss the opportunity.

Looking ahead to Ghana’s upcoming qualifier against the Central African Republic (CAR) on Monday, Addo underscored the value of a strong bench capable of influencing games.

“For me, it’s very, very important to have different options. Sometimes you need a striker like Jordan (Ayew) who can hold the ball or somebody who goes one against one like Kudus, or sometimes you have a more defensive structure for the game,” Addo said, as quoted by

The Black Stars are set to clash with CAR at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium on Monday, June 10, 2024.

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