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“André Ayew already a legend,” says Otto Addo

Captain André Ayew has been hailed by coach Otto Addo as a “legend” for his consistent contributions to the Ghana national team.

The 32-year-old made his Black Stars debut in an international friendly against Senegal back in August 2007. He has since made 112 appearances and scored 21 goals.

André Ayew is the only surviving member of the South Africa 2010 squad that played against Uruguay. He, however, missed the quarterfinal clash due to suspension.

On Friday, Ghana will take on Uruguay again after 12 years – in a final Group H clash at the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

During a press conference ahead of the match, head coach Otto Addo was asked about his relationship with his captain.

Addo said: “My relationship with André is like any other player. As the captain and also with the vice-captain, he speaks a little more. We have a good relationship. Nothing much to say.

‘’It’s a good relationship. We respect each other – he respects me, and I respect him. He has done a lot for the country; he is our record national player with the most caps so he is already a legend.”

“He is helping me to integrate the new players to also put the system down which we choose. He has a lot of experience and so players like him and Thomas are helping a lot because it’s very, very difficult sometimes to have influence if you are on the sidelines in a big stadium. So, we need these players to also help the younger players,” Otto added.

André Ayew is expected to once more lead the Black Stars to the battlefront at Al Janoub Stadium in Wakra on Friday. Kickoff is at 15:00 GMT.

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