Andre Dede Ayew says it will be dream to captain the Black Stars
Posted: 23 August 2011 Time: 11:34
Andre Dede Ayew has admitted it will be dream to captain the Black Stars one day.
The 21-year old midfielder has grown in influence in the Black Stars and is seen by many close followers of the team as a future captain of the side after his inspirational leadership of the Black Satellites during their double swoop of Under-20 Africa and World titles. And he admitted to the OtiAdjei Report in an interview to be broadcast on Thursday at 10pm on TV3 that he would love to do same at the senior level. "For me personally it is true a lot of people believe that one day I will captain Ghana but that is not my main aim. It is to win trophies. We are Ghana and need to win trophies. Nobody remembers we were in the final of the 2010 Nations Cup and it hurts me," he said. "After captaining the Under-20 side to Africa and the World Cup it will be a dream for me to captain the Black Stars. It's a dream that if God wants will come true. It's not something that I want at all cost. I want to win trophies with Ghana; that is the most important thing. Whether as captain or not captain I want trophies. Since 1982 Ghana has not won anything and that is my goal. With the young squad that has won so much I think we can do it." Ayew who is also thriving at club level with Olympique Marseille has had a remarkable change in fortunes with the national side. In 2008 he was heavily criticized when then Ghana boss Claude Le Roy picked him for the semi final defeat against Cameroon. He feels he was up against it from the beginning in his father's career because of his father, the three time African player of the year Abedi Ayew Pele. "To have a famous dad is never easy. I think the people who didn't like my father did not like me already before I started playing and that is why it was much more difficult. "In life you need to move on with what happens and use it as a lesson. That Nation's Cup opened my eyes in a lot of ways and I understood a lot of things. I have become a stronger person and a better player. When you are 17 and a whole nation loses a game and they blame a 17 year old, if you manage to get out strong you can only fight for your nation and become strong. "Today I laugh about it. I think it's the best thing that happened to my career. It has made me want to fight harder, to work a lot harder for the national team," he added.