Soccer News of Wednesday, 9 January 2013
Veteran trainer Emmanuel Kwesi Afranie says Andre Ayew should be held liable for his axing from the Black Stars ahead of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.
The 23-year-old was dropped from the team on Monday after he failed to report to the team’s training camp on schedule.
The axing of the Marseille star has been well-documented in the media with Ghanaians sharply dvivided over the decision of trainer Kwesi Appiah.
Critics have accused the ex-Ghana international of playing to the gallery in throwing out the influential player from his team.
But the former Black Stars coach has rubbished the claims and insists Ayew should take responsibility for his axing.
“I don’t understand why people always find fault with every decision. Kwesi Appiah wanted to take the player to the Nations Cup,” Afranie told Accra-based Peace FM
“From all indications, it was obvious it was the player who didn’t want to go.
“The blame should be laid at his doorstep not Kwesi Appiah.
“There was a timeline for everyone to arrive in camp, he was given additional two-days and yet he failed to report to camp.
“Then suddenly some people turn around to blame the coach for his decision, it beat my imagination.
“He (Andre Ayew) didn’t want to go.”
Ayew has since joined his Marseille teammates in Morocco for their training camp.