Because of Dede Ayew, the Black Stars almost didn’t play against Zambia in the 2012 AFCON semis.
Derek Boateng, a former midfielder for Ghana, has talked about what happened before the 2012 AFCON semi-final match between the Black Stars of Ghana and the Chipolopolo of Zambia.
He said that Ghana lost the game against Zambia because some of the players were said to believe in juju. When he told what happened, he said that Andre “Dede” Ayew was to blame because the Black Stars only warmed up for 15 minutes of the 45 minutes they were given.
He said this in a recent comment he made on GTV Sports +. In that comment, he said:
“We had 45 minutes to warm up before that game. The Zambians were already on the field, and it was our turn to go out. Kwasi Appiah led us through the warm-up, and he was waiting at the tunnel’s entrance. I joined Jonathan Mensah or someone else on the field. We stood there and waited for the other players. Everyone was saying that they wouldn’t go out until Andre Ayew did.
We just stood there for about 15 to 20 minutes without doing the warm-up. So, we only warmed up for about 10 to 15 minutes before the game. A lot of the players said they wouldn’t be the first ones on the field until Dede Ayew did.
So you see some of them sitting on the toilet, some standing by the side, and some sitting. So it was a lot to worry about. Goran was the coach, and he didn’t know what was happening. So I heard a lot of voices after the game. I turned around and shot everyone. The GFA President, Nyatankyi, came up to me after the game and asked what happened. I told him exactly what happened.