Swansea City’s Jordan Ayew and his brother Andre have been sensationally dropped by Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah for their country’s crucial upcoming World Cup qualifier.
According to reports in their homeland , the pair have not been included in Ghana’s squad for their key clash against Uganda next month.
Both players pulled out of the Black Stars’ last qualifier against Congo in Brazzaville in August, with Jordan posting a picture from his hospital bed following a bout of illness.
Andre also cited injury, and it is thought the action to drop them from the upcoming qualifier is in light of their decisions to pull out of that game.
But theories also exist surrounding a family dispute between the players’ father, Abedi Pele, and coach Appiah, which is thought to stretch back to 1992.
The pair played together in the early 90s but fell out in spectacular fashion over the captaincy of their country.
Pele was controversially handed the armband before the African Nations Cup in Senegal 1992. The Ghana FA stripped Appiah of the team’s captaincy with the excuse that Abedi could communicate well in both French and English .
Ill feeling has existed ever since, with some commentators s uggesting the eyebrow-raising move to drop the Ayews is related to their feud.
The Ayew brothers, huge stars in Ghana, will be a huge miss for their country as they bid to make the World Cup in Russia next year.
Ghana need to win the match against Uganda and hope group leaders Egypt slip up at home against Congo to stand any chance of qualifying for the tournament.