People don't recognize Jordan Ayew's hard work - Ghana coach Otto Addo

Published on: 11 June 2024
People don't recognize Jordan Ayew's hard work - Ghana coach Otto Addo
Jordan Ayew and Otto Addo

Black Stars coach Otto Addo has praised Jordan Ayew for his intelligence and hard work after his impressive performance against Central African Republic.

The Crystal Palace striker has made headlines after netting a hat trick against Wild Beasts in the matchday four games of the 2026 World Cup Qualifiers as Ghana recorded a 4-3 win at the Baba Yara Stadium on Monday night.

Ayew climbed off the bench last Thursday to slot home the winner in a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over the Eagles in the matchday three games.

The win was Ghana’s third in the World Cup qualifiers and propelled them to first place in the Group I standings pending outstanding matches of other members of the group.

After the game, Addo said, Ayew’s hard work is often not acknowledged.

“I know that strikers are always judged by goals but he is a striker who can work defensively, and tactically very intelligent," the 43-year-old said.

“That’s why sometimes you can use him as a winger because he closes everything down, he works hard and people don’t see this often," he added.

Before kick-off, the Crystal Palace forward was honoured for making 100 appearances for the Black Stars.

The hat-trick meant Ayew now has 27 goals for the national team and has already scored six goals in four matches for Ghana under Otto Addo.

The Black Stars are aiming for a fifth World Cup qualification after making it to the 2006, 2010, 2014 and 2022.

Otto Addo and his team will resume their World Cup qualifiers against Chad and Madagascar in March 2025.