Ghanaians were shocked to the bone when captain of Black Stars Andre Ayew was dropped from the starting lineup in their afternoon clash against Zimbabwe today in Harare.
But the former Swansea forward has come out to explain to the public why he was benched in the crucial world cup qualifier against Zimbabwe.
According to him, it was due to a lack of fitness caused by an injury he is nursing.
“It was not an easy time and game for me and the other players but we are in a period where I have to be there for the team and every point is important but there are sometimes you have to up a collective decision,” Ayew told the media after the game.
“I think the boss did the right thing [by benching me in the game]. We spoke about the injury I was nursing and I’m just so happy that we have the points.
“I hope that we will continue like this against Ethiopia and the other game and I believe victory will be ours. Ghana will surely qualify for the World Cup,” he added.
But despite his little involvement, coming on late for Mohammed Kudus in the 86th minute, Black Stars was still able to beat the Zimbabweans — thanks to Partey’s first half freekick.