Abedi Ayew ‘Pele’, the Ghanaian legend, believes that his sons, Andre and Jordan, face criticism due to their football prowess, a situation he is familiar with from his own playing days.
The 59-year-old is unfazed by such critiques, highlighting the family’s contribution to multiple generations of Black Stars footballers.
“They have never got it wrong. What I can say is that they’ve never left me alone,” Abedi told Sammy Yeboah while discussing the flak that his sons receive.
“When I was playing it was the same so there is nothing wrong with it. It is because they know you have and you can do it that is why they come at you. If you don’t have it, nobody will call your name.”
In the 1980s and 1990s, Abedi was regarded as a national treasure. He was a member of the 1982 squad that took home the nation’s final AFCON trophy.
In addition, he won the UEFA Champions League with Olympique Marseille and was named African Footballer of the Year three times.
Kwame Ayew, Abedi’s brother, competed in the AFCON and was a member of the Ghana national team in the 2000s.
Three of his children have also represented their country in athletics: Andre, the current captain of the Black Stars, Rahim, and Jordan.