Following the Black Stars’ early exit from the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, Andre Ayew may not have finished the year as he would have liked.
The goal was to reach the semi-finals, but the four-time African champions failed to qualify from a tough group that included Portugal, South Korea, and Uruguay.
Andre Ayew, who is usually dependable, missed a penalty in the Black Stars’ final group game against Uruguay, costing them qualification.
Regardless, the former Swansea City and Marseille star has had a fantastic year, accomplishing much and winning the hearts of many.
As the year comes to a close, we take a look back at the captain’s most noteworthy achievements.
Andre Ayew became Ghana’s all-time leading scorer in the Africa Cup of Nations in January (AFCON). He broke the Cameroon tournament record of 10 goals by scoring Ghana’s first goal against Gabon.
Furthermore, he surpassed Egypt’s Ahmed Hassan on the all-time AFCON appearance list and is now just two games away from breaking the record held by Cameroonian star Rigobert Song.
THE GHANA RECORD
Andre Ayew made history in November, just before the World Cup, when he became the first Ghanaian to appear in 110 senior national team matches for the Black Stars. He became Ghana’s most-capped player, setting a new record, and he was widely praised by Ghanaians.
He accomplished the feat against Switzerland in a pre-World Cup friendly, and the Ghana Football Association presented him with a commemorative jersey following the game.
“Since the first cap, the passion, desire, and commitment have remained consistent. “I can’t express how grateful I am to have accomplished this incredible feat of representing my beloved country for all these years,” Andre Ayew responded.
The current record stands at 113 games.
THE THIRD GHANAIAN TO WIN MULTIPLE WORLD CUPS
With his goal against Portugal in the Black Stars’ opening game in Qatar, Andre Ayew became the third Ghanaian to score in multiple World Cups.
In the second half, the Al Sadd forward made a brilliant run into the box to tap home Mohammed Kudus’ deflected cross for Ghana, but Ghana lost the thriller 3-2.
With the goal, he joined Asamoah Gyan (2006, 2010, 2014) as the third Ghanaian player to score in more than one World Cup tournament (2006, 2010).
Only Asamoah Gyan has more World Cup goals than the 33-year-old, who scored two in the 2014 tournament in Brazil (6).
— Football24/7 (@foet247europa) November 24, 2022
AFRICA’S FIRST GOAL AT THE WORLD CUP IN 2022
Andre Ayew equalized for Ghana in their 3-2 loss to Portugal to score Africa’s first goal at the 2022 World Cup.
After Senegal, Tunisia, Morocco, and Cameroon all failed to score in their first games, Andre Ayew scored in Qatar to become the continent’s first scorer.
Africa’s first goal of the 2022 #FIFAWorldCup goes to Andre Ayew.
— SuperSport Football ⚽️ (@SSFootball) November 24, 2022