In a remarkable tribute to Ghanaian football captain Andre Ayew, the Dormaahene, Osagyefo Oseadeeyo Agyemang Badu II, has declared that the first male child born in Dormaa on June 23, 2023, will be named after the esteemed athlete. The announcement came during a courtesy call by some Black Stars players ahead of the 2023 All Star Festival.
Andre Ayew, who has been leading the national team since 2019 and holds the record for the most appearances in Ghana’s history with 114 caps, was honored by the traditional leader during a durbar held in his honor. In addition to bestowing the naming privilege, the Dormaahene expressed his commitment to personally supporting the child financially as he grows.
Among the players accompanying Ayew during the durbar were his brother Jordan Ayew, as well as Wakaso, Felix Afena-Gyan, Mohammed Kudus, and Kamaladeen Sulemana. The Ayew brothers, sons of the legendary Abedi Ayew Pele, have carved their own successful careers in football. They both played for Olympique Marseille in Ligue 1, winning titles together, and later reunited in the Premier League at Swansea City. Since 2012, they have also been playing side-by-side for the Ghana national team.
Expressing his joy at playing alongside his brother, Jordan Ayew highlighted the happiness they experience when sharing the field. He emphasized their deep connection and the fulfillment of their shared dreams, having represented Ghana together in two World Cups and multiple Africa Cup of Nations tournaments.
The naming of the first male child after Andre Ayew serves as a significant recognition of his contributions to Ghanaian football and his esteemed status as the national team’s captain. It also symbolizes the enduring legacy of the Ayew family, whose impact on Ghanaian football spans generations. The announcement by the Dormaahene is a testament to the unifying power of sports and the profound admiration that the people of Dormaa hold for their football heroes.