Black Stars duo of Andre and Jordan Ayew will make themselves available for selection for the Black Stars after ending their self-imposed exile yesterday following a meeting with President John Dramani Mahama at the Flagstaff House in Accra.
The Olympique Marseille duo were at the seat of government, where they discussed their international future with the president in the presence of the Minister of Youth and Sports, Elvis Afriyie Ankrah, and Ghana Football Association (GFA) vice-president, Fred Crentsil.
Fiifi Tackie, spokesman for the Ayews, told the Daily Graphic that the players ended their decision to temporarily withdraw their services from the national team and would soon make a formal announcement confirming their unconditional return.
The U-turn by the duo comes just days after President Mahama met with Michael Essien — another player who has temporarily withdrawn his services from the team citing recurrent injuries — and appealed to players who had quit the team to return to help Ghana’s World Cup campaign.
A few months ago, the Ayew brothers wrote to the GFA asking to withdraw their services from the national team, citing many grievances coming in the wake of their exclusion from Ghana’s Africa Cup of Nations team.
Andre was first to quit the national team, citing a sour relationship with the FA and Black Stars management. He was axed from the Nations Cup squad by coach Kwasi Appiah after failing to beat the deadline to report to the team’s pre-tournament camping in Abu Dhabi.
His younger brother Jordan followed suit with a resignation letter, questioning the justification for dropping him from the Nations Cup squad as he believed his performance merited a place in the team.