Ghana football legend Abedi Ayew ‘Pele’ has addressed the criticism surrounding his sons, Andre and Jordan Ayew, asserting that scrutiny is a natural part of being recognised as skilled footballers.
Jordan Ayew has faced significant criticism during his tenure with the Black Stars, with numerous fans expressing dissatisfaction and demanding more from the player. Likewise, Andre Ayew, his elder brother, recently faced scrutiny when he was without a club, with some questioning his involvement with the Black Stars during that period.
The 59-year-old icon drew parallels between the current criticisms faced by his sons and the challenges he encountered during his illustrious playing days.
Abedi Pele, who played a pivotal role in Ghana’s last AFCON triumph in 1982 and achieved personal accolades such as winning the African Footballer of the Year three times, remains unfazed by the criticism directed at his sons.
Abedi Pele🇬🇭 is the first Player to win the African Footballer of the Year Award 3 consecutive times (1991, 1992 and 1993).
He captained Marseille to their #UCL trophy win in 1992-1993.
He is the father of Andre and Jordan Ayew. pic.twitter.com/D0ExXyiD6i
— dailysportsafrica.com (@dailysportsug) November 30, 2023
In his discussion with Sammy Yeboah, Pele stated, “They have never got it wrong. What I can say is that they’ve never left me alone… It is because they know you have and you can do it that is why they come at you. If you don’t have it, nobody will call your name.”
The Ayew family has become synonymous with Ghanaian football, producing different generations of players who have donned the Black Stars jersey. Abedi’s brother, Kwame Ayew, also represented the national team in the 2000s, contributing to the family’s rich football legacy.
Despite the criticism, Andre and Jordan Ayew have achieved considerable success on the international stage, participating in World Cups and earning a place among the players with the most caps for the Black Stars. Notably, Andre Ayew currently holds the Black Stars’ captain position.