Former Ghana international, Prince Tagoe, believes Black Stars captain, Andre Ayew, can lead Ghana to win a trophy for the first time in 38-years; when Ayew’s father, Abedi Pele, was part of a Black Stars squad that won Ghana’s last trophy in the 1982 AFCON.
Prince Tagoe played for the Black Stars between 2006 and 2012. He won 36 appearances, scoring seven times.
The 33-year-old played in the 2006 AFCON for Ghana but the Black Stars exited the competition at the group stage.
The former Hoffenheim striker represented Ghana at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, where Ghana reached the quarter-finals of the competition.
Unable to win a trophy for the Black Stars in his active playing days, Tagoe is backing current Black Stars captain, Dede Ayew to lead Ghana to glory once again.
Speaking to Joy FM, Tagoe extolled the leadership qualities of Andre Ayew and says he would not be surprised if the Swansea attacking-midfielder leads Ghana to end its trophy drought.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if Andre Ayew leads the Black Stars to win an AFCON.”
“He is a strong leader and very dedicated. He gives his all whenever he is on the pitch and you can see how he motivates the players as well.”
Ayew was handed Ghana’s captain armband ahead of the 2019 AFCON in Egypt. He was, until that point, assistant to veteran striker, Asamoah Gyan.
Ayew’s first tournament as the main skipper of the Black Stars ended in disappointment as his outfit suffered a Round of 16 elimination at the championship, their first time failing to make the last eight since 2006.
Before becoming a mainstay in the senior national team, Andre Ayew led Ghana’s U-20 side, the Black Satellites to win the 2009 U-20 World Cup in Egypt. Beating Brazil on penalties.
Ghana won four AFCON titles in 1963, 65, 78, and 82. Since then, the Black Stars have gone close to winning the competition on five occasions; finishing as runners-up in 1968, 70, 92, 2010, and recently, in 2015