Former Ghana international defender John Paintsil has rated Jordan Ayew as Ghana’s most outstanding performer in the Black Stars‘ 3-0 loss to Brazil.
A brace from Tottenham Hotspur forward Richarlison added up to a 9th-minute finish from PSG Marquinhos as the Samba Boys coasted to an impressive win at Le Havre’s Stade Oceane.
Otto Addo rang a number of changes during the second half with up to six starters losing their places as Inaki Williams, Tariq Lamptey, and Mohammed Salisu were capped for the first time.
Among the full-timers were Jordan Ayew and Paintsil has rated him as his best performer on the night.
“I saw a lot of fighting spirit in Jordan Ayew. At some point, I even saw him trekking all the way to the box to defend for the team. During the World Cup, I can say that he would be the leading trail that everybody will be following. Jordan’s work rate was very high in the game as well and his leadership quality too was outstanding,” he told Berekum-based Akwaaba Radio.
The former Leicester City and Fulham defender went further to explain his points about the Crystal Palace winger.
“There are two segments of football lovers. There are those who know and understand the game from a technical standpoint and there are those who know how to watch the game. I’m a football person [played and coached as well] so I know what I’m talking about. Missing just a chance in a game doesn’t erase the total contribution of Jordan in the game. From what I saw from him yesterday, he really pushed hard yesterday. You could see that he wanted the results. He is one of the players who have adapted to the Ghana national team culture very well. I think our supporters need to give this boy [Jordan Ayew] credit for his performance and support him,” he added.
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