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Abedi Pele meets Ayew brothers at airport as Black Stars return after AFCON exit

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Ghana legend Abedi Ayew ‘Pele’ welcomed his sons, Jordan and Andre Ayew, at the Kotoka International Airport as the Black Stars arrived in Ghana following their disappointing exit from the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

The Ayew brothers were involved in the Ghanaian side that failed to secure a victory in Ivory Coast, resulting in the team’s elimination from the tournament. Jordan Ayew, who played the full duration in all three games, notably scored twice in the last game against Mozambique, both from the penalty spot. Andre Ayew, making history, equalled Rigobert Song’s record for the most appearances in the history of the AFCON, with 36 games, featuring in the first and third matches.

Despite the disappointment, some fans stopped Andre Ayew to take photos with him appreciating his renowned status as captain of the team.

The Black Stars’ fate was sealed on Monday when they squandered a two-goal lead, drawing 2-2 with Mozambique in their final group game.

Upon their arrival in Accra on Wednesday, a widely shared video depicted the heartwarming moment when Abedi Pele welcomed his sons back home after a challenging AFCON campaign.

The legendary Olympique Marseille icon, donned a durag wrapped around his head, basketball shorts, a stylish fashion chain, and trainers, and appeared fittingly attired as he embraced his sons, André and Jordan, at the airport upon their return from #AFCON2023. The 59-year-old looked the part in his casual yet trendy ensemble, reflecting a fatherly and supportive presence for the Ayew brothers.

Ghana’s national team is currently without a coach following the dismissal of Chris Hughton after the team’s disappointing performance in AFCON 2023. The Ghana Football Association (GFA) also announced the dissolution of the technical team of the national team as part of efforts to regroup for future competitions.

Despite the recent setbacks, Ghana’s quest for their fifth AFCON title continues, with the last triumph dating back to 1982 when Abedi Ayew ‘Pele’ was involved in the team.

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