There have been calls for Andre Ayew, the son of legendary soccer player Abedi Pele and captain of the Black Stars to come off the bench in the upcoming 2022 World Cup.

However, not everyone shares the same sentiment. One of them is renowned Ghanaian evangelist Dr. Lawrence Tetteh. In his opinion, the 32-year-old football player should still start every game in Qatar.

“Dede Ayew is an inspirer, he has been with the youth team even when he was much younger and they won the u-20 World Cup,” he batted. “He has been consistent with the Black Stars, today as we speak now he is the only one who has more caps than Asamoah Gyan. So you don’t throw away people who have labored.”

Further, Tetteh points out how these calls stem from jealousy.

“Dede Ayew is a good footballer, he’s played very well and he is currently the captain. If you want to get the unity that we needed for the team, then we need someone like him,” the evangelist explained. “If we bench him for the new players that have come, you’ve demoralized the team and people will not die for the country. So it doesn’t make sense at all,” he added.

Ayew is set to make his third World Cup appearance and is reportedly in excellent form. He previously suited up in the 2010 and 2014 editions, accounting for three goals in his last five Al Sadd games.

For the upcoming World Cup, Ghana is scheduled to face Portugal, South Korea and Uruguay in the group stages.

In related news, Ayew has also drawn interest from Nottingham Forest. They are reportedly interested in signing the Ghanaian player in the January transfer window per unnamed sources.

If things go accordingly, Forest coach Steve Cooper would be reunited with the 32-year-old footballer. Both previously worked together at Swansea.

Andre Ayew of Ghana
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