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2014 World Cup: Ex-Ghana captain Akunnor backs Jordan Ayew to blossom

Published on: 10 June 2014
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By Rahman Osman

Follow Rahman on Twitter: @iamrahmanosman

Ex-Ghana CK Akunnor says he expects more from Jordan Ayew after the young striker bagged his first international hat trick in the 4-0 thrashing of South Korea in a pre-World Cup friendly.

Ayew came on for injured Majeed Waris on the 6th minute and put in an impressive to justify why he made the final 23-man roster for the tournament.

The 22-year-old, who spent the second half of last season on loan at relegated Sochaux from Olympique Marseille, has made a strong case to start in Ghana’s Group G opener against USA next Monday.

Akunnor believes the son of Ghana legend Abedi Pele has the credentials to make a huge impact in Brazil.

“I am not surprised at all what Jordan has done against the South Korean,” Akunnor told

“His talent is very clear and I think it is just beginning to show, he has played very well in the last two games that I have seen him play for the Black Stars and it is just beginning to pay.

“He will give us more in time, he will only get better so let’s all keep our fingers crossed.”


This article has 6 comment(s), give your comment
  • anokwale says:
    June 10, 2014 05:14 pm
    I think it is funny to see players come out and make such positive statements after a hat trick. To be honest, I am not a Jordan fan but if he has confidence for the next few weeks then fine with me. We need players to score, period.
  • daddy mac says:
    June 10, 2014 05:54 pm
    Politics has nothing to do with this. Yes, Ghanaians talk too much. I think we talk without facts. We just open our mouth and say whatever without thinking. We go with our feelings. Nothing wrong with that. I wish we could give constructive criticism rather than just say whatever. We insult anyone for no apparent reasons and never give anyone a chance unless they prove us wrong. We need to be positive in everything we do no matter the situation and good things will come our way. The united states back their players 100% despite their inexperience. They are hopeful of making an impact in the world cup and shocking all the big names. We need that from our Ghanaians instead of insulting and questioning every little move the coach make. Listen, Germany haven't played well in their friendlies. Netherland as well but they are tipped as one of the favorites. But we seem not patient about anything.
  • selfmade says:
    June 10, 2014 03:44 pm
    Where was this guy when Jordan was under fire? Now it seems all the ex football stars are coming out to congratulate him! Success has so many friends! Let him flop in just one game and the doomsayers LL surface again including this coach!
  • Nana Adwoa T. kese says:
    June 10, 2014 03:53 pm
    Ghanaians never cease to amaze me. Recently everybody was calling on AA to throw Jordan and Adoma out of the BS team and suddenly they are the messiah's of the team. Some Ghanaians are very stupid. I mean very stupid no wonder NDC AND NPP keep doing stupid stupid stuff because they knew that the stupid ones will forget their pain and suffering whenever the ballot box is in front of them. Listen don't come up with any insults after reading my piece....if you do NANA ADWOA T. KESE will return fire. The truth hurts...Ghanaians don't like the truth. How valid/invalid is this statement
  • texas says:
    June 10, 2014 03:22 pm
    Yet our good for nothing armchair coaches were asking him to be dropped! For who?
  • Nimo says:
    June 10, 2014 04:29 pm
    But would you people praise a player when they're not doing well?. Who would have thought Jordan could score a hat trick in a high profile match. Ghanaians could not have enough confidence in Jordan because he wasnt proving enough, and obviously Everybody relies on statistics to give their opinions except u these 3 wise men(texts, self made and nana). Now that Jordan has begun proving his worth everybody will start developing confidence in him and that's how it goes, as simple as that. Even the great Ronaldinho who was having spectators running onto the pitch worshipping him was dropped because he wasnt doing enough. Stop this hypocrisy guys.