Ghanaian football legend Abedi Ayew Pele has predicted that his son Andre Dede Ayew would be greater than him in the near future.
Dede Ayew has enjoyed a very successful career in the past three years – he captained the national under-20 team, the Black Satellites to the FIFA Under 20 world cup and African Youth Cup in 2009.
The Olympic Marseille midfielder, who was also a key player for the national team at the 2010 World Cup and the African Nations cup, is highly regarded in France following a very successful season last term which saw him netting 13 goals to become the joint top scorer at the club alongside striker Pierre Gignac.
Speaking on ETV’S Revealed last Tuesday, Abedi Pele who is one of the few players in Africa to have ever won the UEFA Champions league says the sky is the limit for Dede Ayew as far as his career is concerned.
“Of course, a father who doesn’t want his son to be greater than him, I think has lost it,” he said adding that “a great father will always want his son to be greater than him and that is what I wish for him.”
“He can win the UEFA Champions League and even the world cup, if that is possible,” he said.
Some football observers have drawn parallels between father and son as far as fighting spirit and resilience on the field is concerned.
But the three time African Footballer of the year says his son’s passion for the game is driven by the hunger and desire to win every game.
“He does want to lose and he doesn’t want to be ridiculed by an opposing team,” he said.
The Olympic Marseille legend added, “with all the talent, he also has the courage and determination to fight and then make sure he fights and brings success to his team and to himself.
“So I think these are the ingredients that make him unique to his team among a lot, these are the few things that make him unique,” he said.
Abedi Pele also warned that people should not underrate his younger son, the 19-year-old Jordan Ayew who is gradually learning his trade with Marseille.
“You are yet to see a lot about Jordan. He is very skillful, very strong and very opportunistic in front of goal. He is something else. I keep on saying, we should wait and see. We cross our fingers that there are no injuries or something bad happens, that boy is going to be something else,” Pele said.
He however refused to take credit for his sons fighting spirit on the field of play saying “I don’t know, I think this is up for you people to judge
“But one thing is for sure, they love their country and they like playing for Ghana.
ETV’S Revealed programme, profiles the careers of Sports men and women in the country every Tuesday at 8:30pm.
By Erasmus Kwaw