Black Stars head coach, Charles Akonnor has explained why team captain, Andre Ayew started the international friendly against Morocco from the bench.
The former Swansea City forward replaced striker, Joel Fameyeh in the 80th minute at the Stade Prince Moulay Abdallah in Rabat on Tuesday.
With Ghana down by Jawad El Yamiq’s 69th minute free header, many football pundits and followers questioned why Akonnor delayed in introducing the captain.
The former Hearts of Oak and Kotoko trainer has opened up on Dede Ayew starting from bench.
“[Dede Ayew] is the captain but when he is not around what do we do?
“When he is not around we will try somebody so this is a friendly match and it’s an opportunity for the other players who do not often get the chance to play.
“Of course before you do that [benching Dede] as a coach you need to show respect and talk to the captain for him to understand.
“I explained to him [Dede Ayew] why he would not start and it is my duty as a coach to make each player understand his role and what we want to do.
“If not there will be misunderstanding, so we have to treat everyone with respect.
“Respectfully, I sat him [Dede Ayew] down and explained things to him and he understood.
“He is our leader, he is the leader of the team and he has shown great leadership in our previous matches.
“We hope the understanding works so we can work well in future.” Akonnor said.
The Black Stars lost by that solitary goal and will next play Ivory Coast in another international friendly at the Cape Coast Stadium on Saturday.
Ayew has a rich curriculum having played for French clubs, Arles-Avignon, Olympique Marseille and Lorient.
He had stints with West Ham United, Turkish giant Fenerbahce on loan, before signing out with Swansea City after twice failing via the Championship play-offs to qualify for the English premier league.
He emerged Swansea’s top scorer at the end of the season with 17 goals.