By Owolabi Abiola/First Zeal Media
Solar Ayew not surprised Ayew brothers exclusion from Black Stars team to face Kenya
Former Ghanaian footballer Solar Ayew says he is not surprised the exclusion of his nephews, Andre and Jordan from the Black Stars team to face Kenya in the AFCON 2019 qualifiers.
The Ayew brothers were dropped once again from the Black Stars team coach Kwesi Appiah and this has raised several questions over the future of the duo at the national team.
Coach Kwesi Appiah last named the brothers in his squad for the World Cup qualifier against Congo in Kumasi and were sopposed to be in the squad for the return leg in Brazzaville.
However, the brothers opted out of the squad following an injury to Andre with Jordan also suffering from stomach complications ahead of the trip to Congo.
The news of the axing of the Ayew brothers came to Solar Ayew as a “normal” news.
“We just got the news this morning (Wednesday) that they were not called, but that is normal in Ghana football, for some time now they are not normally called so it’s not something new”, Solar Ayew told FOX 97.9 FM.
“If you will remember recently the national team (Black Stars) played a lot of matches without the call up of the Ayews, and so it’s a normal thing going on so for the Ayews it’s not a problem”, he said.
Speaking about their future with the Black Stars going forward, Solar Ayew insists that Andre Ayew and Jordan are ever ready and available to serve their nation anytime they are called.
“I always say Andre (Ayew) and Jordan (Ayew), they are Ghanaians and they’ll keep on being Ghanaians and they will be ready to serve at anytime if they are called up, but if they are not called too it’s the manager who decides and he knows the players that he wants to call and he has called them, so I don’t think it’s a problem to the Ayews”, Solar added.
Meanwhile Deputy coach of the Black Stars Ibrahim Tanko has lifted the lid on why in-form Crystal Palace attacker Jeffrey Schlupp was left out of the 18-man squad for the forthcoming 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifier against Kenya.
Schlupp, who has been in scintillating form for Crystal Palace in the ongoing Premier League, was excluded from the Black Stars squad that will engage the Harambee Stars of Kenya on Match Day 2 of the 2019 AFCON qualifiers – which is set to come off on September 8 at the MISC Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi.
Several pundits have expressed shock over the xx-year-old’s exclusion following his explosive start to the campaign for the Eagles.
“Jeffery Schlupp is playing more offensive for Crystal Palace now but we felt we had enough wingers or wingbacks now so yes he is playing well but we will consider him for the future,” he said.