Allow Dede Ayew to be! He’s not done with the Black Stars yet – Sonnie Badu slams critics
Singer Sonnie Badu of Ghana has criticized those who want Black Stars captain Andre Dede Ayew to step down in light of the team’s dismal performance in the current African Cup of Nations (AFCON).
He maintained that head coach Chris Hughton’s lacklustre tactical abilities, which were revealed shortly after the team’s elimination from the competition, were the clear reason the Black Stars did not perform well at the AFCON.
Instead of criticizing the Ayew family for their unwavering service to the Black Stars—mistakes happen—Sonnie Badu asked Ghanaians to express gratitude for their unwavering commitment to the team.
In a video chat streamed live on Instagram and seen by GhanaWeb, Sonnie Badu praised Dede Ayew for formally expressing regret to his fellow countrymen and urged the public to stop calling for his retirement from the national team.
“Everyone says Dede is done with the national team, and from what I have been watching on the internet, Dede Ayew is not finished; he does more than play on the field, I assure you. He is a captain. Some of you lead the players both on and off the field without realizing what a captain is. If you were a football fan, you would see that the coach, not any of the players, was at fault.
“The coach made every mistake possible. I have no idea what perplexed him. The Ghana Black Stars still require Ayew, in my opinion. Jordan performed admirably, and the Ayew family deserves our respect and gratitude. “I thought it was really lovely how Abedi Pele picked up his sons at the airport,” he remarked.
Concerns regarding the team’s next course of action following Dede Ayew and the Ghana Football Association’s (GFA) apology to Ghanaians were also voiced by Sonnie Badu.
“It is fantastic that Dede and GFA have both expressed regret. Let us proceed now. Who is driving this, and which coach will be next in line? If you guys [GFA] would just leave him alone, the next query is that.
His remarks follow Dede Ayew’s apology to the public for the team’s appalling performance in the current AFCON in Ivory Coast, where he pledged to improve in future competitions.
After the team’s recent setbacks, the Ghana Football Association (GFA) apologized to the people of Ghana in a statement and urged them to remain optimistic.
Some members of the public harshly criticized the apology, demanding that Dede Ayew leave the national team in order to make room for the younger players.