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FIFA World Cup qualifiers: Andre Ayew omitted from Ghana squad by coach Otto Addo

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Black Stars captain Andre Ayew has been left out of Ghana’s squad for the upcoming 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Mali and the Central African Republic. Head coach Otto Addo made the decision despite Ayew’s decent performance with French Ligue 1 side Le Havre, where he scored six goals in 19 appearances, helping the team avoid relegation.

The exclusion of Ayew, a pivotal figure in Ghanaian football, has raised eyebrows, especially considering his recent form.

Despite his contributions at Le Havre, it seems that his efforts were not enough to secure a spot in the national team for these crucial qualifiers.

Ayew recently expressed his determination to help turn around the Black Stars’ fortunes, following their disappointing exits in the group stages of back-to-back Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournaments.

His leadership and experience were expected to be invaluable as Ghana looks to secure their place in the 2026 World Cup.

Ghana will face Mali on June 6th, followed by a match against the Central African Republic on June 10th.

These fixtures are critical for Ghana, which has had a mixed start in Group I, recording a win against Madagascar but suffering a defeat to Comoros.

Coach Otto Addo’s decision to exclude Ayew indicates a strategic shift as the team seeks to improve its performance.

The squad will need to adapt quickly and find new ways to secure vital points in these upcoming matches without their seasoned captain.

Ayew’s absence will undoubtedly be felt, but it also presents an opportunity for other players to step up and make their mark.

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The Black Stars will rely on a blend of emerging talents and seasoned professionals to navigate these challenging fixtures and bolster their chances of qualifying for the World Cup.

As Ghana prepares for these pivotal games, the focus will be on how the team responds to this bold decision.

Fans and analysts alike will be watching closely to see if the Black Stars can rise to the occasion and deliver the results needed to keep their World Cup dreams alive.

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