Black Stars forward Jordan Ayew says the stupendous brace he scored against the Walias of Ethiopia in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier was down to help of his teammates.
The Crystal Palace striker was handed a start in Addis Ababa, joining Emmanuel Boateng in attack and he rediscovered his fine form as he found the breakthrough with just three minutes on the clock.
The 27-year-old controlled a long pass from defender Harrison Afful before finding the back of the net with a fine strike from close range.
He doubled the lead before the half-hour mark via penalty spot after Emmanuel Boateng was fouled in the box by Ethiopian goalkeeper.
“First of all, I’m happy because we’ve qualified. Secondly, because I scored two goals and I can say if not because of my team-mates wouldn’t have had the opportunity to score two goals. I’m just enjoying the moment in the qualification and I’m grateful as well,” He told Ghana Sports Online in a post-match interview.
With CAF yet to make a final decision in regards to Sierra Leone (who have been banned by FIFA and therefore barred from playing the last three rounds of qualifiers) and their status in Group F, the Black Stars’ place at the 2019 finals is not fully confirmed.
But if and when CAF award 3-0 wins to Sierra Leone’s opponents for the three missing games (two of which were against Ghana), Kwesi Appiah’s side will be mathematically guaranteed a place in the top two of the group, and therefore safely into Cameroon 2019.