Ghana captain Andre Ayew has described the team’s love-hate connection with Black Stars fans as a husband-wife relationship.
Regardless of their on-field performances, the Black Stars have gotten varied reviews from supporters in recent years.
Andre Ayew acknowledged in an interview with Joy FM that supporters are unhappy with their performance, but that deep down he feels there is love for the Black Stars.
“I believe deep inside me that every single Ghanaian loves the Black Stars,” Ayew told Accra-based Joy FM. “You can love your wife and be angry, and I think that is the relationship between the Black Stars and the Ghanaians. The feeling I am having is that they are waiting for us to give them something to spark. I feel it is starting to come,” he added.
The Black Stars have qualified for next year’s Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon, and there is a lot of expectation on them to break Ghana’s 39-year drought for a major trophy.
After flattering to deceive in previous competitions, many Ghanaians have lost faith in the squad and have criticized the money spent on the Black Stars despite their lack of success.
The 31-year-old, though, has urged Black Stars supporters to rally behind the team as they seek to break the West African powerhouses’ title drought.
“We will need the support from our nation. We cannot sit here and tell them we will win or they should bet we will win [the AFCON] but we need to feel they are behind us,” Ayew continued on Joy FM. “That is something we have to earn, and I believe we have started on the right track by qualifying for the AFCON and if we give them a good run in the World Cup qualifiers, the belief and confidence will be higher than it is currently.”
When the qualifications begin in October, the Black Stars will begin their quest for a second World Cup.