The three times African footballer of the year award winner, Abedi Ayew Pele could still be the envy of his sons, Andre and Jordan Ayew who both play in the English Premier League for Swansea and Aston Villa respectively.
For both players, the stakes were high and no inch was expected to be given nor taken.
Garry Monk’s Swansea have suffered poor results and performances since beating Manchester United 2-1 back in August but even worse than that, they have been boring to watch. They were winless in six matches since August 30 and also bundled out of the Capital one cup.
Tim Sherwood’s Aston Villa prior to this game also had a poor form of run and only had a few points accumulation to show and he admitted to having sleepless nights with the side's stuttering form.
So the stage was set for a fierce encounter: Aston Villa versus Swansea City. Andre, the elder of the Ayews in an interview commended his brother for his qualities but hinted fans of an uncompromising game on Saturday.
Of course both teams did not have good fortunes prior to the game and had their coaches who had signed them on from the French league’s head on the chopping board. They needed to impress them, at least to justify the decision to rope them into the premiership.
It came to pass, the roof came off at Villa Park when Jordan Ayew scored and stunned his other Ayew from a Gabriel Agbonlahor cross after 62 minutes to Aston Villa ahead. Andre failed to put Swansea ahead and Aston Villa picked up from there where they scored a low header from Jordan in a tale of ‘I can do it’.
Abedi Ayew will put up a smile behind his TV set and will only have one more wish on mind; Andre needed to score.
Few minutes later, Gilfy Sigurdsson equalized for Swansea to cut shot the Jordan goal celebration. In the 87 minute Andre Ayew laughed last and really laughed the loudest when he scored to put the smiles back on the faces of the swans and Garry Monk. 2-1 it ended in favour of Andre Ayew’s Swansea City.
Again, back in Ghana, Dad Ayew will punch the air hard and shout “yes”. His two sons had scored in a high profile league.
So Abedi could be the happiest man on earth today too. Both sons scored yet again in a bitter-sweet tale.
The last time both players played against each other, in the French league One in April, it was Jordan who emerged victorious with his two goals inspiring Lorient to a 5-3 victory at the Stade Velodrome, that night Andre also got a goal but Jordan was the man of the match.
Jordan this time had the better laugh as he helped his side then, Lorient to climb up the league table.
However, this time the eldest Ayew who is their father will laugh the loudest and both players will only learn later that as they wished to get wins for their sides, Dad was only wishing they get on the score sheets and go to sleep soundly only caring little about who won or lost.