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Ambassador Ray Quarcoo appeals to Nyantakyi for return of Ayews

Published on: 12 August 2013
Ayew brothers

Ambassador Ray Quarcoo, has made a passionate appeal to the Ghana Football Association(GFA) to reinstate the Ayew brothers — Dede and Jordan — as well as Kevin Prince Boateng, in the senior national team, the Black Stars.

The President of the Ghana Amateur Boxing Federation (GABF) has written a letter to the Ghana FA president Kwesi Nyantakyi pleading with him to reinstate the players into the Black Stars.

While the trio have agreed to return to the national team they are still unavailable for the country as they have not written to the GFA and their clubs to reverse their decisions to retire from international football.

Club may refuse to release the players for their country if they are not officially notified of their decision to return to play for their country.

However, in a letter to Nyantakyi and copied to the Minister of Youth and Sports, Ambassador Quarcoo pleads for the players to return regardless of the fact that they have not officially communicated their return.

"Since the President’s initiative to bring back these players to the fold, I have been closely following media reports and critiques either for or against their recall into the team but I have not heard of any official position of your association to that effect," Ambassador Quarcoo said in the letter.

It disclosed that before the intervention of President John Dramani Mahama, who asked the Ayew brothers to rescind their decision to suspend their services to the national team, he met the boys and their father, Abedi Pele, in France three weeks earlier as a special envoy of the President at the instance of the Minister of Youth and Sports, Elvis Afriyie-Ankrah, to resolve the issue.

He said at the meeting both brothers expressed their readiness to return following good counselling by the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu 11.

It further stated that “In the same vein there was a similar exercise involving Anthony Baffoe to get Kevin Prince Boateng back to the national team which I commend. “What I am humbly asking of you for now is that, please consider and officially express your association’s support for the initiative for the total recall of these young talents, an action which, I believe you clearly have the ability to take to help put this matter to a successful close,” it stated.

The letter indicated that as a matter of principle, Ambassador Quarcoo sincerely shared the universal platitude that discipline was the key tool in the administration of any successful human institution, but emphasised that sometimes in sports administration, there was room for fatherly pardon.

“Above all, we should learn to respect the independence and integrity of those elected or appointed to public administrative position to enable them to carry out their responsibilities”, the ambassador stated.

Do you agree with Ambassador Quarcoo that the Ayew brothers must be called at all cost? Make your views known in the box below


This article has 18 comment(s), give your comment
  • koo Tee says:
    August 12, 2013 12:07 pm
    Why should people debate on this topic at all? The right thing must be done.Their respective teams know that they have taken leave of national assignments so GFA cannot invite them period,more so when the said letters were copied to their teams.No one wants Ghana down and writing such letters take less than a second.I volunteer to help them.I hope their refusal to notify GFA has nothing to do with their ego....I REST MY CASE O!!
  • Paul says:
    August 12, 2013 11:46 am
    @Antwi, i dont get ur point. Do u mean u support them not to tender those letters to solve the problem or what? Remember if there is any plot to eleminate them from the team, then they should write the letters so we can wait and see from then. But dont forget Dede was named in the afcon squad but decided nt to show up.
  • Nicholas Asiedu-Locasah says:
    August 12, 2013 11:36 am
    Right, is in order. We want dedicated and experience players to strengthen the Black Stars team which will bring strong competition in the team. We should not forget they are part of our influential squad.
  • Antwi says:
    August 12, 2013 11:14 am
    When de heads of GFA r assessed in later yrs. Player management will be a big negative of their administration. Tell me u all, was Nyantakyi on airwaves abt Muntari's outburst in Lesotho? Talk of selective justice, was Asamoah Gyan's return surrounded wit dis kind of controversy? There were reports to get the Ayews out of the team before de AFCON. I believe dat's wat's playing before our eyes. have we tried calling them to ascertain our claims? Mind u pride comes before a fall. Ego blinds, lies may prevail bt it's for awhile. U all will see
  • Paul says:
    August 12, 2013 11:03 am
    Prez mahama has done his part, it is left with u the players to respectfully write a simple letter to the FA and copies to ur respective clubs to officially announce ur return. But if they feel too big to write that letter then am sorry prez mahama cannot write the letters for them this time around.
  • May his peace prevails says:
    August 12, 2013 10:46 am
    Please Mr. Minister. tell the players to use the same process they used to write their resignation latter to write this one. It doesn't take so much time.
  • Buadi says:
    August 12, 2013 10:40 am
    Mr. Ambassador, thanks for the initiative. However, instead of writing to the GFA why not first write to the guys to send their returning letters to the GFA? Are you aware that their respective clubs can refuse to release them if nothing is documented?
  • Big Boss says:
    August 12, 2013 10:43 am
    I think Ray Quarcoo's plea is misdirected because he should have rather directed his plea to the players and not the FA. As much as we'll all love to have these players back in the Black Stars, it is also imperative for the proper thing to be done. If they wrote letters to the FA & copied their clubs on their resignation, what's the big deal doing same with regards to their return? Ray Quarcoo's plea is misplaced and shouldn't be listened to as it will set a bad precedent! Why can't he rather advise the players to do the right thing?
  • G.H 1 says:
    August 12, 2013 10:32 am
    We all want them back as much as you do, their value in the team is inestimable, Dede alone is a team on its own, but there are several ways to go and several ways to come, did they go by writing? let them come by writing, the fact you verbally said you are back is not enough for you to be called, we don't need to debate or beg any one over this issue, things are always done the right way, we shouldn't try to make the G.F.A a rubber stamp, if you wrote to retire then write to return simple!
  • Toni Boateng @ kumasi says:
    August 12, 2013 10:05 am
    No 1 is biga dan GH..The manner u choose when leavin, u must do da same when camin
  • NANA YAW says:
    August 12, 2013 12:39 pm
  • benito says:
    August 12, 2013 01:15 pm
    These boys announced publicly that they've rescinded their decision.What more do we want from them. Mind u they have not said they are desperate to play for the B.S. If the F.A feels they wont add anything to the team then so be it.
  • Hatred 4 None says:
    August 12, 2013 02:43 pm
    No shake at all. Zambians cannot score us in Kumasi even if we use Kotoko for that encounter.
  • Antwi says:
    August 12, 2013 03:56 pm
    @Paul wat I mean is dat, even the blind can see dat de letter tin is a ploy for de GFA to perpetuate their own selfish agenda. With all respect to u, fair minds ought to see dat nd object. Ayews r only two players their absence wont affect much. Bt GFA must know dat some of us cannot be easily pull into de hate game wit their lies.
  • Mánìå says:
    August 12, 2013 04:26 pm
    Antwi what's wrong with u @ all??
  • Mánìå says:
    August 12, 2013 04:33 pm
    We are all happy these guys have returned... Writing of a letter is the easiest thing to do. Just do it to shame these gfa gurus, whats all these fuss about?
  • GH Panther says:
    August 12, 2013 04:43 pm
    OMG! This whole thing is a non-issue. Jux write a letter and u are back. ****!!
  • selfmade says:
    August 12, 2013 07:20 pm
    Infact this man is a very wise man and he has gained my total respect!! That's all that we have been saying all along!! Yes discipline is vital but don't destroy these players!!! Some of them has sacrificed a lot for us!!! We should consider both the positives and negatives