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Marseille delighted over Ayew's exclusion from Ghana's AFCON squad

Published on: 09 January 2013

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.


  • GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:
    January 10, 2013 05:52 am
    MUAHAHAHA, YOU MEAN French side Marseille are delighted that their Ghanaian midfielder Andre Ayew HAS EXCLUDED HIMSELF from the Black Stars squad for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations. IN ORDER TO HELP MARSEILLE WIN THE FRENCH LEAGUE TROPHY. A TROPHY THAT HAS ELUDED THEM FOR WHILE NOW.....LOL
  • Fred B. Kyeremeh says:
    January 10, 2013 09:00 am
    For the records,Essien was not a Chelsea player in 2004 as you claim.Be factual and don't spread falsehood.Michael Essien was playing for Lyon in 2004. He signed for Chelsea in August 2005.Now tell us if what you published is the truth. I bet you will revise and come again. It was rather Olympique Lyon in 2004 who convinced Essien not to play for Ghana at the Olympics in Greece.Thank you
  • kimco says:
    January 09, 2013 10:59 pm
    @black star fan- he didn't captain ghana for for gold in west africa...adhiyiah did.
  • go to hell says:
    January 09, 2013 07:15 pm
    who does Ayew think he is? he thinks BS cannot function without him?..hahaha, he is a joke! he would be surprised to see a terrific performance from his colleagues this time! abeg, those supporting him shd give us a break! he can choose not to come back for all i care! there are so many young players coming up so he better watchout and stop being all proud and swollen headed!
  • Fiifi, Berlin says:
    January 09, 2013 06:48 pm
    Ghanaians would keep talking and debating this "Ayew -Saga" and all of a sudden the BS would return with nothing in the hand! Please let's put this matter behind us and lend our support and prayers to the team for them to bring the cup home! The insults are too much and we must know that INSULTS HAVE NEVER WON CUPS FOR ANYBODY!!!AYEW GOT INJURED AND WANTED HIS DOCTORS ABROAD TO HANDLE HIM. THIS DID NOT FIT INTO THE PLANS AND SCHEDULES OF THE BS AND GFA, SO AYEW WAS STRUCK OUT OF THE FINAL LIST. FINITO!! LET'S MOVE ON AND STOP THIS DEBATING OF THE PRINCIPLES OF THE TWO "CAMPS" INVOLVED!!!ALL THE BEST BLACK STARS! ANDRE GET WELL SOON!
  • Black Star Fan says:
    January 09, 2013 06:22 pm
    Who profit and who loses? It is Ghana. If AA comes back from AFCON with empty hands, you are the same people that call for his resignation. Anyway Ghana is bigger than both Dede and Akwasi Appiah.
  • Edward says:
    January 09, 2013 05:59 pm
    Yes, this is quite a complicated case i don't know which one to support but i think the couch did the right thing. No player is bigger than the whole team. May God bless our effort this time with the trophy. LONG LIVE THE BLACK STARS.
  • Efiewura says:
    January 09, 2013 05:17 pm
    I pity this are now being hailed by Marseille....ask Essien when he was ASKED to abandon the Black Stars in 2004 by Chelsea....Chelsea have abandoned him now and had it not been Morinho, he would be playing in China. I wish you well but take note that committment to Ghana is paramount!!! Up the Stars!!!
  • Jimmy says:
    January 09, 2013 05:03 pm
    Well he never turned down Ghana he refused to play because his brother was NOT included in the squad. I am happy for Akwasi Appiah less headache in the dressing room.
  • Jimmy says:
    January 09, 2013 05:01 pm
    He will miss the Ultimate now this idiot brat!
  • FreshBoysInTheBuilding says:
    January 09, 2013 04:50 pm
    Ayew is smart by not turning up in Ghana camp.. Essien turned up a few years ago for the Ghana medical team assessment and the "doctors" misdiagnosed him and cleared him to play which caused all these problems for Essien.. Doctors in Ghana aren't serious just like the regular civilians.. Cant even save the "President" and you expect them to care about footballers?? Ask yourself what really happened in the death case of Late President Mills???? The wealthy in Africa always fly out to Europe for medical attention... please
  • Black Star Fan says:
    January 09, 2013 04:41 pm
    Millions of your fans are praying for you. You captained and won U20 gold in West Africa, Africa and the World - that is three golds. You won bronze at AFCON 2008 You won Silver at AFCON 2010 You played at the World Cup, one of our best players at the tournament Nominated as one of the best young players in the World by FIFA, 2010. Only few can match this achievements in Ghana. Be-careful out there till we see you again.
  • Kay says:
    January 09, 2013 04:29 pm
    Dede please enjoy your life. Osei Kuffuor couldn't have said it better. Your health is more important than ANYTHING. Please, pray for Black Stars to succeed.
  • Queen Pee says:
    January 20, 2013 08:44 am
    I blame coach cz he ws supoz to go w e two brothers normeta wat?