Ghana captain, Andre Ayew has explained why he was benched in the team’s 0-1 win against Zimbabwe in the 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifiers.
The Black Stars grabbed the victory via Thomas Partey’s free-kick strike in the 31st minute.
Ayew started the important fixture from the bench. He came on to replace Kudus Mohammed in a triple substitution by coach Milovan Rajevac in the 86th minute.
The 33-year-old – started the home win against the Warriors despite training with the group once in four sessions due to a groin problem he was managing.
But in Tuesday’s crucial game in Harare, Ayew lost his starting spot.
“I think the boss did the right thing [in benching me from the start]. We spoke about the injury I was nursing and I’m just so happy that we have the points,” the Al Sadd SC star said at post-match.
“It was not an easy time and game for us but we are in a period where I have to be there for the team and every point is important but there are sometimes you have to up a collective decision.
“I hope that we will continue like this against Ethiopia and the other game and I believe victory will be ours. Ghana will surely qualify for the World Cup,” he added.
Ghana went top of the Group G table with nine points but a win for South Africa will drop the Black Stars back to second on the standings.