Ghana star André Ayew has rounded off a two-day visit to Conakry.
The West Ham forward, who is on summer holidays, made the trip to the West African nation at the invitation of a long-time friend Ahmed Sekou Camara popularly known as Ahmed of Paris.
The Guinea decedent who runs the Ahmed Management Sports International (AMASI) firm has carved a niche for bringing in football stars in his native land, having had Cameroon’s Samuel Eto’o and Kader Keita of Ivory Coast in the country in recent years.
“As you know, I usually bring people in. So after Samuel Eto’o and Kader Keita, today I brought in André Ayew who is more than a brother,” Ahmed said Thursday. “He’s been my best friend for almost 12 years.”
“It was a long time ago that we had in mind the idea of coming to Conakry. André Ayew is a very positive, thoughtful young person, who is above average on the sporting level and also in everything that follows. He is as responsible as any other African footballer,” he added.
The Black Stars deputy skipper was originally scheduled to arrive in Conakry on Tuesday, July 27 but arrived the following day due to delays with his private flight from Abidjan.
Explaining his mission on arrival, Andre Ayew told the press he was in the country to explore opportunities for youth development.
He said: “My friends, Ahmed and Oudy, told me a lot about Guinea for a long time. I think there’s a lot of work to be done here to help young people, especially sports, to talk to the sports authorities to see what opportunities we can have to help the younger ones. This is my domain, that’s what I master.
“I should have come here many years ago but each time there was a setback and thank God, today we have been able to realize what we want to achieve in recent years.
“We will meet with the sports authorities to see exactly what is to be done. I am not someone who will teach them A, B and C. I think we have to come to the field, see what there is to do exactly and do things to help young people and not come and tell them things they do not master. Especially what matters to me is youth, because the future of Africa is youth-based and I think the sport is of great importance to this youth. So I will do everything I can to help this youth,” he noted.
Andre Ayew was taken to the Guinea Football Federation, Feguifoot where he had to talk with the Guinean football officials
Andre Ayew with the president of Guinea
On Thursday, he witnessed a gala match at the Kabinet Kouyaté stadium in Matoto and capped his successful visit with a courtesy call on the President of the Republic of Guinea, Alpha Condé at the Presidential Palace Sekhoutoureah