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Ayew-ready? Ghana wait on fitness of skipper ahead of Cameroon clash

Ghana coach Kwasi Appiah faces a nervous wait over the fitness of skipper Andre Ayew for Saturday’s clash against Cameroon in the ongoing African Cup of Nations in Egypt.

Ayew, 29, was substituted as a precautionary measure after scoring an equaliser for the Black Stars in their Group F opener against Benin which ended in a 2-2 draw on Tuesday.

Along with Thomas Agyepong, he sat out recovery training on Wednesday but unlike the latter, the Swansea City man still has a chance of featuring against Cameroon on Saturday.

“Black Stars Captain André Dede Ayew and Thomas Agyepong sustained injuries during the Ghana-Benin opening game last Tuesday at the Ismaïlia Stadium,” a statement issued by the Black Stars Team Media Officer, Dan Kweku Yeboah said.

“Both players were substituted in the second half as a precautionary measure. Further medical test reveal that Agyepong will not be available for selection for the Cameroon game. However, the medical team are monitoring Dede’s condition and will advise the technical team regarding his availability depending on how he responds to treatment”.

Coach Kwasi Appiah appointed Ayew as captain of the national team ahead of the tournament. The contentious decision led to the retirement of the previous skipper Asamoah Gyan who only rescinded his decision following an intervention by President Akufo-Addo.

Inter Milan midfielder, Kwadwo Asamoah, who along with Gyan are yet to debut at the competition is the Deputy Captain of the team.

Gyan was “elevated” to General Captain for the tourney.


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