Paintsil, Annan praise for Andre

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Sun, 27 Jun 2010 Source: ghanafa.org

A little quantity back in 2008 when he earned a place in Black Stars squad for the African Nations Cup, Andre Ayew was criticized as his inclusion was questioned and condemned.

A year after, he led the Under-20 side to a historic treble, winning the West African, Africa and the FIFA World Under-20 tournament - the first by an African side.

He followed up with a fantastic performance, helping Ghana to finish runners-up at the African Nations Cup in January 2010.

Andre, who turns 21 later in December and son of former Ghana captain, Abedi Ayew Pele has certainly come off age.

His industry and work ethic has consistently earned him a starting spot in all four of Ghana's World Cup matches in South Africa. In the round of 16 clash against the United States, Andre Ayew was voted the Budweiser Man of the Match.

His talents have never been lost on his teammates as they shower the youngster with praise.

“He was great this evening,” team-mate John Paintsil told FIFA.com after Ghana reached the quarter-finals courtesy of a 2-1 extra-time success.

“I’m very happy for him. He’s imposing himself little by little in the team and he’s clearly one of the most talented players in the squad. Today he proved he could carry the whole side on his shoulders.”

“He’s a super lad,” added Anthony Annan.

“Since his arrival in the senior team, he’s always been very respectful towards the older players. He listens to their advice and worked hard to win his place. He’s not the type to always show off, even if he has the talent to justify it. We’re all very happy for him.”

Helping Ghana reach the quarter-finals, its first at the World Cup and the third by an African nation after Cameroon and Senegal, Andre credits the team's success to their team effort.

“Of course, I’m happy to have been named Man of the Match in a World Cup game at only 20,” he told FIFA.com.

“I think I had a good match, but it wasn’t en extraordinary performance either. The coach [Milovan Rajevac] put his faith in me and it was the least I could do to give everything for him.”

“Everyone played a great match tonight,” he added. “We fought like lions and showed plenty of determination and application. We deserve our place among the eight best teams in the world.”

Source: ghanafa.org