Ghana have been rocked by the news that brothers Jordan and Andre Ayew have decided to retire temporarily from international football.
The Ayews each sent separate statements to the Ghanaian FA on Tuesday, hinting that issues with the management were hindering their ability to play for the side.
“My decision to withdraw my services from the national team results from a number of issues or matters that have occurred quite recently, especially with regard to my relationship with the management team of the senior national team, the Black Stars,” said Andre.
“These matters have so affected me emotionally and psychologically such that I am unable presently to offer the best of my services to my dear nation.
“My decision is not novel. Some of my colleagues who have previously taken such decisions have returned more strongly and with vigour to serve the nation.”
Meanwhile, the younger Jordan claimed that he was not being given the recognition he deserved and revealed his anger at slipping down the pecking order in the first XI.
“The point I have just made is vindicated by the fact that although on every occasion that I have had the opportunity to play for my nation I have played to the best of my ability and served my nation with commitment, it appears that my efforts have not impressed the management team of the senior national team,” he said.
“The reason is that in the position for which my services are required for the national team, I have been ranked way behind several players as not to merit a place in the team on occasions when it mattered.”