The Black Stars skipper shares his thoughts on the new faces in the national setting
Ghana captain Andre Ayew believes the outburst of fine young talent bodes well for the national team.
In their quest for an elusive fifth Africa Cup of Nations title, Black Stars coach CK Akonnor has placed confidence in young talent in hopes of building a formidable set-up.
Ajax midfielder Mohammed Kudus, North Zealand winger Kamaldeen Sulemana, who is linked with Manchester United, Liverpool and Ajax, and solid striker Abdul Fatawu Issahaku are among Ghana’s new wave of exciting stars.
‘The talent is there; maybe a little less experience, but the talent, the striving, the fighting spirit, the desire to do good things are there. I can feel it when I am with the boys at the camp, they are very hungry and motivated, ”said Ayew Citi Sports.
‘[Issahaku], Kudus, Danlad [Ibrahim], all these young guys have a bright future, but to be successful, they need to be able to handle the pressure.
“I hope we as a group will be ready to fulfill what the country wants.”
Ajax striker Kudus has made the biggest impact among Ghana’s young talent since making his debut against South Africa in an 2019 Afcon qualifier.
After the score against Bafana on the Cape coast, the 20-year-old was found in his third match for the Black Stars, again by chance against South Africa, in the Afcon qualifying reverse match in Johannesburg. a few assistants in the next game against Sao Tome and Principe.
Kamaldeen, on the other hand, made his debut in a friendly match against Mali last October. After a brief stint in the international wilderness, he received a recall in June for a double header of friendly matches against Morocco and Ivory Coast, but eventually declined the invitation because he wanted to finalize his club future.
He is expected to make a return when the West Africans return to action in September in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers.
Issahaku, meanwhile, has been linked with German side Bayer Leverkusen, Liverpool and Portuguese, who have folded Sporting since taking the stage at the African U20 Cup earlier this year. He has made the Black Stars’ last two call lists, but has yet to make his debut for the A team.