Black Stars captain Andre Ayew said he was inspired by his father Abedi Pele. The Al Sadd striker also described the three-time African player of the year as his idol.
Abedi, 57, is widely regarded as the greatest Ghanaian footballer of all time and most fans expect his sons to emulate his form and charisma on the pitch.
Abedi won the 1992/93 UEFA Champions League with Olympique de Marseille and was saved 73 times by Ghana, scoring 19 goals in the process. Although not as successful as his father, Andre has made more international caps than his father, scoring more goals for the Black Stars than him – 17 appearances with 23 goals win.
The former Swansea City man will beat Asamoah Gyan to become Ghana’s most-appearing player if he plays three more games for the Black Stars. Speaking to legend Kwabena Yeboah on Sports Highlights, Andre revealed his father’s influence on his career.
“I draw a lot, if not all, of his inspiration. He is my idol and a great father,” he said. Andre joined Al Sadd in July 221, the club his father played for for the 1982/83 season.
In his debut season, the striker scored 18 goals in 29 games in all competitions for Al Sadd last season. His father also represents him as an agent and he has negotiated a number of deals on his behalf, including moves to English sides West Ham United and Swansea City. , Al Sadd and Fenerbahce.