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Andre Ayew reveals why Milovan Rajevac benched him against Zimbabwe Featured

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The Saudi Arabia based forward has shrugged off reports suggesting that he was benched against the Warriors of Zimbabwe in the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier on Tuesday afternoon.

Ghana captain Andre Ayew has opened up on his Coach Milovan Rajevac's decision to drop him to the bench in the Black Stars 1-0 away victory over Zimbabwe in Harare.

A 32nd minute sumptuous free-kick from Thomas Partey secured the senior national team of Ghana a crucial win over Zimbabwe at the National Stadium in Harare.
Ayew was surprisingly dropped to the bench by the Serbian gaffer with youngster Abdul Fatawu Issahaku who were handed starting berth in the first leg tie in Accra last weekend. Duo Benjamin Tetteh and Iddrisu Baba replaced them in today's encounter.
The 32-year-old disclosed that he was nursing an injury he sustained in the first leg and had to take precaution measure from the Black Stars medical team to warm the bench.
“It was not an easy time and game for me and the other players but we are in a period where I have to be there for the team and every point is important but there are sometimes you have to up a collective decision,” Ayew told the media after the game.
“I think the boss did the right thing [by benching me in the game]. We spoke about the injury I was nursing and I’m just so happy that we have the points.
“I hope that we will continue like this against Ethiopia and the other game and I believe victory will be ours. Ghana will surely qualify for the World Cup,”
Ghana have moved up on the Group G of 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers with 12 points after match-day four.
The Black Stars will face Ethiopia in another away game in Addis Ababa on November 13 before they host South Africa in the group decider four days later either at the Accra Sports Stadium, Cape Coast Sports Stadium or Baba Yara Sports Stadium.
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