Soccer News of Wednesday, 27 February 2013
Olympique Marseille striker Jordan Ayew has told Ghana Football Association officials he decided to take a respite from international assignment because it appears his efforts have not impressed them enough.
In a letter leaked by Footyghana, the Ghana international said it was imperative to take such decision in order to return as a better player, who can be assured of a permanent spot in the Black Stars.
“The reasons for my decision, although personal, I believe, would eventually inure to the benefit of the Black Stars, the reason being that in this period of my temporary absence I intend not only to work hard in my club as a young player so I can obtain the quality, experience and stature necessary for a call up to play in the national team, but also ensure that my membership of the national team when I soon come out of my temporary resignation endures in a more secure manner so as to avoid the situation where I am unsure as to when my services are required for the national team,” the 21-year-old player, who was left out in Ghana’s 2013 Afcon squad said.
He continued: “The point I have just made is vindicated by the fact that although on every occasion that I have had the opportunity to play for my nation I have played to the best of my ability and served my nation with commitment, it appears that my efforts have not impressed the management team of the senior national team.
“The reason is that in the position for which my services are required for the national team, I have been ranked way behind several players as not to merit a place in the team on occasions when it mattered.
"My observation comes against the backdrop of the fact that I was considered not good enough to play for the national team even at a time when my club believed I was doing very well and honoured with player of the month for my club.
“In this regard, I have decided that I need to work harder especially in my club in the hope that I can convince the management team of the Black Stars in the very near future by the grace of the Almighty that my efforts merit a place in the national team, not just occasionally or sporadically but more permanently in so far as I still actively play football,” the youngest son of Ghana football legend Abedi Pele stated.