- Ghana captain Andre Ayew has opened up about the relationship between Ghanaians and the Black Stars
- Andre Ayew believes Ghanaians love the Black Stars
- The 31-year-old will lead the Black Stars at the Nations Cup next year in Cameroon
Ghana captain Andre Ayew has explained the love-hate relationship that exists between the team and fans of the Black Stars, describing it as a husband-wife relationship.
The Black Stars in recent times have received mixed reactions from fans regardless of their performances on the pitch.
In an interview with Joy FM, Andre Ayew admitted fans get angry by their performance but believes deep down, the love for the Black Stars exist.
"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 the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon next year and there is huge pressure on them to end Ghana's 39-year wait for a major silverware.
Having flattered to deceive in recent competitions, a lot of Ghanaian have no confidence in the team and have been critical of the monies spent on the Black Stars without success.
However, the 31-year-old has called on fans of the Black Stars to support them as they aim to end the West African powerhouse's trophy 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."
The Black Stars will start their quest for another World Cup appearance in October when the qualifiers begin.
Earlier, YEN.com.gh reported that deputy Black Stars captain, Thomas Teye Partey, has returned to England to start pre-season with London club, Arsenal ahead of the upcoming Premier League season.
The 28-year-old joined his teammates, who are not on international duty, as they start preparations for the 2021/22 season.
In a photo sighted by YEN.com.gh on Twitter, posted by Arsenal, Partey is seen beaming with smile as the English giants welcome him back.
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