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Spokesperson for Ayew brothers rubbishes claims of Kwesi Appiah feud
There is no feud between the Ayew brothers and Black Stars Head Coach Kwesi Appiah, according to the Spokesperson of the Ayews, Fiifi Tackie.
The duo have not featured for the Black Stars since the team’s 1-1 draw with Congo at the Baba Yara Stadium in a FIFA World Cup qualifier in September.
Both players withdrew from the squad days later ahead of the return leg sighting various reasons.
That incident is believed to be the cause of their apparent exile from the team, but Kwesi Appiah has denied these assertions, claiming he is simply assessing new players.
“As far as we’re concerned, we don’t know of any rift or problem with the coach [Kwesi Appiah], management team or any technical team member of the Black Stars,” Tackie told Goal.com.
“The Ayew brothers have not been called for a couple of games but if they call them, they will come like any other Ghanaian. They have never said that they are not going to play for Ghana again and have always made themselves available for future call-ups.
“If the coach thinks that he needs them and invite them for games, they will surely come and help,” he added.
Tackie further reiterated the reasons behind the pair’s failure to travel to Brazzaville with the team.
“This is the gospel truth and this was what happened. Jordan had a stomach upset and that was a day before they were supposed to enplane to Congo so he couldn’t have joined the team,” he said.
“You and I know how serious ‘running’ stomach is, so he couldn’t go. Jordan reported to the team doctor and subsequently the coach.
“In the case of Andre, he pulled a muscle a day before the game at training so he couldn’t train with the team and had to step aside. The next day, he went to have a scan and sent the results to [his former side] West Ham United.
“They said the injury was not that serious but he if forces it, he can get a muscle tear, so he came to the coach the following day and explained to him the situation and later reported it to the team doctor.
“I don’t see any situation [related to this], perhaps, people saw it differently and that was their opinion,” he added.
The Ayew brothers are expected to leave relegated Premier League side Swansea City, with Fulham and Marseille among the clubs reported to be interested in the players.