Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah raves about leadership qualities of world-class Andre Ayew

Published on: 21 February 2014
Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah raves about  leadership qualities of world-class Andre Ayew
Kwesi Appiah hails Andre Ayew leadership qualities

By Akyereko Frimpong Manson Follow Akyereko on Twitter: @Akyereko

Ghana head coach James Kwesi Appiah has given a strong hint Andre Ayew could captain the Black Stars in the near future after hailing the leadership qualities of the Olympique Marseille winger. 

Andre, son of African football legend Abedi Ayew Pele, is regarded as a potential Black Stars squad among Ghana fans but a section has sharply criticised his tender age to take over the Ghana armband.

However, Kwesi Appiah has given an indication the 24-year-old could captain his side in the future after praising his leadership qualities.

"He is a player of world class technical and tactical level and he is also a leader.

When the team is in trouble he pushes all his companions to fight and not give up. It is important to have him available," he told Italian website tuttomercatoweb.

The Arsenal, Liverpool and Inter Milan target exhibited his leadership qualities in 2009 when he led the Ghana U20 side to become the first African country to win the FIFA U20 World Cup.

Andre ended his temporary international retirement to play a crucial role in Ghana's qualification for the 2014 World Cup.


  • Nana(RSA)
    says: 5 years ago
    Mr Akwasi Appiah, you have told us the truth. We saw that in 2009,in Angola when we presented a very young squad he attested to his leadership qualities when the going was tough, he kept on encouraging the rest of the squad until we reached the finals. The problem is that sometime we misjudge him for being proud. But honestly he is a candidate in the future for the captainship armband. I'm certain that he will be the most successful captain Black Star will ever have. He will complete all that the maestro failed to accomplish. After all, who has ever captained an African team to win U20 world Cup? Food for thought.
  • Kwesi
    says: 5 years ago
    Nana (RSA).We are all happy to have true and dedicated leaders to captain the Black Stars. The fact is you don't have to be a captain to be a leader. Within the team you can lead and boss whatever role you are assigned to and this is done through coordinating with all other players on the field.Andre has proven without doubt that he can lead his role in whatever formation a coach selects him to be part. However, pride is one virtue which needs constant check and reflection as it's lack of control can be detrimental to the fortunes of many great leaders and team.Abedi Pele and his cohort, as good as they were could not achieve much for Ghana because of his pride and its adverse effects of not getting the best from his fellow team mates.Dede should continue to improve on his confidence and manage his pride well and in no time he will be a great leader for the Black Stars.
  • kuukuphilly
    says: 5 years ago
    I agree with everybody so far..
  • chrisgya
    says: 5 years ago
    u r really sensible person. Your view is just educative, constructive and not abusive as others do through hatred for the ever hardworking Ayew. I also believe strongly that Ghana will see the light again when the armband is handed over to him in near future because we all saw what happened against Tunisia when the armband was handed over to him for that match when the going was very tough.
  • Divaro
    says: 5 years ago
    The coach is on point. Talking about pride, in my opinion, I don't think Dede is that proud. There are times leadership traits in a person can make others see him as proud. Well, so far so good.
  • Royal
    says: 5 years ago