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Football | Ghana

FA won't accept Ayews' retirement



The Ghana FA's Emergency Committee will not accept the retirement of the Ayew brothers, supersport.com understands.

In a very atypical move of the body, the Ghana FA has not published the statements of the Ayew brothers announcing their temporary withdrawal.

"Everything possible will be done to kill the fracas between the team's management and unhappy players. We cannot let this continue otherwise we will lose all our players," a member of the ExCo told supersport.com.

"To preempt the success of these talks, the coach is likely to include them (the Ayew brothers) in the game we will play against Sudan in a few weeks," revealed the source.

Ghana play Sudan in a World Cup qualifier in Kumasi on March 24. The country would need to win every one of its remaining games to be sure of getting to Brazil 2014, especially with Zambia three points ahead in the group.

The retirement of the two players from the national team was followed by heated exchanges at the body's Secretariat in Ghana's capital on Tuesday evening. The body has been split on the hardline stance taken in recent years whenever problems with players have arisen.

"We had some heated exchanges, yes, but they were not fights. It was just frank discussions to find the way forward," the source went on to tell supersport.com.

The FA, as a first move, decided to go contrary to their own traditions and not acknowledge the existence or otherwise of the Ayews' retirement letters that were sent by hand on Tuesday. All the media's efforts to confirm the existence of the letters by the FA have come to nought.

"We are working with mediators to set a date as quickly as possible to meet with the boys and all others who have problems. First of all we will meet the Ayews so we find solutions to the problem."

Supersport.com understands that coach Kwesi Appiah has also come in for criticism by sections of the ExCo, as he has been identified as a reason why the Ayew brothers left.

However, the gaffer has had unflinching support from other top members in the FA's hierarchy.

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