Dede Ayew defends Jordan

ANDRE Dedesay  criticisms about his younger brother Jordan’s performance at Africa Cup of Nations are unfair.

Jordan, 22, started all of Ghana’s three Group C matches, but could not find the back of the net.

Against South Africa on Tuesday, he squandered a lot scoring chances and there are calls back home for him to be benched in Ghana.

For Andre, the Lorient FC striker is the second best performer of the team at the tournament after the first round.

“In this tournament I think apart from Daniel Amartey who has been excellent, Jordan is the one after him, he runs more than everybody, he goes for all the balls and dribbles more than everybody,” he told Joy Sports.

“He is doing a lot of work because he knows our captain is not 100 per cent fit so he has to do more which is normal, so those who don’t know football won’t understand that but he needs to keep calm because what people say or think is not important, and what is important is what the group and the coach think.

“We have confidence in Jordan and nobody does the extra effort and he is not rewarded, his hard work is already paying because all the 23 players gave everything to be where we are today.”

“So he has done a great job and that he shouldn’t change, what he is doing is helping us and he needs to continue so we can go far.”

Meanwhile, ex-Ghana skipper Stephen Appiah, says the Black Stars will go all the way in Equatorial Guinea after picking themselves from a disappointing start to qualify for the quarter final stage.

Ghana defied all odds to qualify for the knockout stages of the ongoing Cup of Nations despite losing to Senegal in the group opener.

The Stars turned a difficult situation in their favour by chopping six points from a possible nine in the group stages.

Stephen Appiah who represented Ghana in the 2000 and the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations believes the team has turned the corner and can now go all the way.

“The most difficult phase of a competition is the group stage and they have shown that they can give a response when needed,” Appiah told

“They have now gotten the mental edge and can go all the way in the competition if they get the little luck that comes with champions.”

Appiah who recently retired from football, led Ghana to their first World Cup berth in Germany 2006, and also played a key role in South Africa four years later.

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