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AFCON 2019: Profile of Andre Ayew

By Vincent Ashitey
AFCON 2019: Profile of Andre Ayew
AFCON 2019: Profile of Andre Ayew

Andre Morgan Rami Ayew (born 17 December 1989), also known as Dede Ayew in Ghana, is a Ghanaian professional footballer who plays as a winger for Championship club Swansea City and the Ghana national team.

He is the second-born son of three-time African Footballer of the Year and FIFA 100 member Abedi "Pele" Ayew and has two brothers, Ibrahim and Jordan, who also are professional footballers.

In 2011 Ayew was named the BBC African Footballer of the Year and Ghanaian Footballer of the Year.

Andre Ayew began his career in Ghana, playing for Nania, while debuting for the club at age 14. In 2005, he signed with his father's former club, Marseille, and spent two seasons in the club's youth academy before making his debut in the 2007–08 season.

Ayew spent the following two seasons on loan with Lorient and Arles-Avignon, helping the latter team earn promotion to Ligue 1 for the first time. In 2010, he returned to Marseille and became an integral part of the first team under manager Didier Deschamps, making over 200 appearances and winning consecutive Trophée des champions and Coupe de la Ligues in both 2010 and 2011.

Andre Ayew has been a full international for Ghana since 2008 and has earned over 65 caps. At youth level, he starred for and captained the under-20 team that won both the 2009 African Youth Championship and the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

He has played in two FIFA World Cups (2010 and 2014), as well as five Africa Cup of Nations (2008, 2010, 2012, 2015 and 2017), helping them finish runner-up in 2010 and 2015, and was Top Goalscorer at the latter.

He has contributed 14 assists for the Black Stars in 81 appearances. 

On May 24, 2019, Andre Ayew was named permanent captain of the Black Stars.

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