2019 AFCON: Dede Ayew will not have a definite position in the team – Coach Kwesi Appiah

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah has revealed his captain Andre Ayew, will not have a definite position in the team due to his versatile for Fenerbahçe S.K.

He disclosed that Andre will be deployed based on his plans and tactics in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt between June and July.

The question of Ayew’s position has dominated certain conversations about the team especially since the player has scored on a rather consistent basis for his clubs and the national team in the last few years.

Since the 2014/ 2015 season, Ayew has scored 36 club goals with most of them coming from areas in and around the penalty area. This has led to observers calling for Ayew to be played a second striker instead of as a winger.

“If you have been watching Andre’s matches, for years now, he has not been playing behind the striker. He has always been playing as a winger,” the 58-year-old gaffer said.

Adding, “The thing is that, there are players who have qualities such that you can always move them around.

“Moreso, when you are going for an AFCON tournament, you do not depend on players who can only play in one position”, he revealed.

“Andre can play on left, right and behind the striker but how we use him will depend on the tactics being used. That will determine how we move players about in the team,” he added.

Andre Ayew has scored for Ghana in the 2010, 2012, 2015 and 2017 AFCON tournaments. In the 2015 AFCON, he emerged as top scorer of the tournament with 3 goals.


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