Andre Dede Ayew
Ghana captain Andre Ayew (Dede) has been named in the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS) African Team of the Decade following his outstanding performances with the Ghana national team.
IFFHS revealed the African team of the decade, with players who performed from 2011 to 2020.
IFFHS x-rayed the performances and impact of the individual player at the club level and the national team level.
It also put into consideration statistics of their performance as yardstick to be selected.
Ayew has been a key figure to the Black Stars after making his second major tournament appearance in 2010, where he reached the final of the Africa Cup of Nations.
He proceeded to be instrumental for Ghana at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, reaching the quarterfinals stage.
Ayew has been an outstanding performer for Ghana at the 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
The 31-year-old has also been a top performer for the clubs he has played for within the period – from Olympique Marseille to Swansea City to West Ham United and back to Swansea.
He was named Swansea’s best player last season after emerging top scorer for the club.
Below is the African Decade XI:
Goalkeeper: Vincent Enyeama (Nigeria)
Defenders: Eric Bailly (IvoryCoast), Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal), Medhi Benatia (Morocco), Ahmed Fathi (Egypt)
Midfielders: Riyad Mahrez (Algeria), Andre Ayew (Ghana), Yaya Toure (Ivory Coast)
Attackers: Sadio Mane (Senegal), Pierre Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon), Mohamed Salah (Egypt)