Andre Ayew in action for Olympique Marseille
French side Marseille are delighted that their Ghanaian midfielder Andre Ayew was excluded from the Black Stars squad for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.
Ayew failed to report to a training camp in Abu Dhabi for a hamstring injury to be assessed by Ghana’s medical team.
The midfielder was released by French club Marseille so he could travel as requested by the Ghana FA.
His failure to arrive in time led to coach Kwesi Appiah excluding him from the squad which has delighted Marseille sporting director Jose Anigo.
“As he (Ayew) stays with us, it will obviously very good news,” Anigo was quoted as saying on various French news websites.
“I’m glad he is still with us, but this is not really a surprise. He wanted to heal in Marseille, which displeased Ghana. “
Under Fifa regulations clubs were required to release players on Saturday, two weeks before the Nations Cup kicks off in South Africa.
Clubs must also allow injured players to be checked out by their national team doctors.
Ghana begin their Nations Cup campaign on 20 January against DR Congo before facing Mali and Niger in Group B.