Ghana deputy skipper Andre Ayew has told newsmen that the seemingly lack of interest in the Black Stars in recent times is giving him sleepless nights.
The Swansea player says he feels disillusioned at the fondness shown to the national team by Ghanaians especially when they are playing at home.
The 26-year-old Ayew will lead the team in the absence of crocked Asamoah Gyan when the Black Stars take on Mauritius on Sunday with the aim to secure qualification to the AFCON 2017 in Gabon.
Many Ghanaians blamed the Black Stars on their disastrous showing at the world cup in Brazil and called for a probe into the player wrangling that stole the otherwise fairy tale headlines of the national team.
And just when fans are getting back at their favourite local teams, Hearts and Kotoko, Ayew has come to plead for same love or even a better one to be shown to the once favourite team of Ghanaians, the Black Stars.
The player said he was sad when the Hearts-Kotoko game recorded greater attendance than the Ghana-Mozambique game played in Accra.
He said: "This past one and a half year it’s been difficult between the Black Stars and fans and we have to be honest … For me as a leader and with other leaders and my colleagues its very painful.
"When we played against Mozambique the stadium wasn't full but when Hearts of Oak played Kotoko I was in France but I saw the stadium was full, it’s painful."
The remorseful captain said: "I have to be honest Ghanaians want us to win and we have been wining but we still don't feel the support … I am just pleading that we all put things behind us and move on and that they should support us in prayers."
The Black Stars will be praying for an emphatic victory against Mauritius on Sunday which might be a step towards healing a nation’s wounds.