Ghana midfielder Andre Ayew has taken his turn to speak about the Black Stars’ chances at the 2015 Afcon.
The Marseille man made a scoring return from injury in his side’s 3-1 home win over Metz in the French Ligue 1 last weekend.
Ayew who captained Ghana to the historic 2009 U-20 World Cup winning feat has given his take on what has been tagged as the group of death at next year’s Afcon.
Here are portions of an interview the 24-year-old granted the French press in which he identified the Terenga Lions as a bigger threat, the Ghana FA’s choice of Avram Grant and the prospects of the young yet experienced Black Stars team:
Andre, are you satisfied with Ghana being drawn against Algeria, South Africa and Senegal in Group C of Afcon 2015?
It is a very complicated draw. Anyone can go qualify from this group but only two teams will pass. I think it will be very exciting, indeed it already is. And we will go there to give the best of ourselves.
Do not you fear that the coaching change (Israeli Avram Grant has been appointed) disrupts Ghana?
We’ll see. We know that our coach is a great coach who has led big teams. He has experience. He will quickly adapt to the life and African football which is different from European football. But I really think the Federation has made a good choice. It is now up to us to implement his instructions and continue.
What do you think of the Senegal team?
Senegal has a very good team that plays with a lot of sacrifice and desire. I’ve been following them.
They won all their qualifying matches with the exception of one, which had not happened for a while. I think it is a revival of Senegal.
Here they come very vengeful. We must be very careful with this team with individuals that can make the difference at any time.
Now playing the qualifying and Afcon are two different things. For us, the discussion does not arise; you must advance.
We have to be mentally strong. Senegal is my second African country, I have several friends and I often stayed.. (laughs).[contextly_sidebar id=”O5WvX2zJjAwjxhGmn38xriXdvgFOT7EO”] Which team do you fear in the group; Algeria, Senegal or South Africa?
We respect all the teams.
Remember that Ghana is one of the best teams in Africa. We do not look too much at the other teams. What concerns us the most is thefootball that we produce on the field.
We are used to the Afcon and its pressure. All our players are fairly young, but we all have at least three or four Nations Cup experiences. So I think we have a slight advantage in terms of experience with Senegal, Algeria and even South Africa.
Experts talk much about Algeria, but I think we will be more careful against Senegal when we meet in the first game.
It is true that lately, during qualifying, we were not at the top. We passed through with experience and great composure, but it was not easy in the game.
That’s explained by the change of coaches. But we’ll see.