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Dede Ayew says Black Stars unity is key at AFCON

Dede goodAndre Ayew is up in ammunition ready to battle and strike down any opponent in pursuit of success for Ghana when the national team begins another quest for a first continental title since 1982.

And the 25 year old Olympique Marseille star is preaching unity within the playing body as he revealed an eagerness to fire the Black Stars to glory in Equatorial Guinea beginning with the opening Group C tie against fellow West Africans, Senegal on Monday.

After missing the last tournament having played at the 2008, 2010 and 2012 tournaments, Ayew is eager to get off to a flying start in Equatorial Guinea.

“This Nations Cup is important one for us, and I’m very happy and pleased to be back because I couldn’t make the 2013 Nations’ Cup in South Africa,” he told DSTV’s Supersports Blitz from the Black Stars camp.

“I believe we have a great squad, I believe the camp mood is great and I really have the feeling that we can do something big if we are united,” Ayew declared.

The son of Ghanaian football legend, Abedi Pele is also adamant that the national team can deliver for the country despite their relatively average young age.

“Yes it’s true that some few players are not here like Sulley Muntari and Michael Essien but I believe the younger ones can really do the job. I am very confident and hopefully we can go all the way,” Dede assured.

After battling the high-flying Teranga Lions tomorrow, the Black Stars have games to come against Africa’s number one ranked national team, Algeria on January 23 before rounding up a tough section against ever improving Bafana Bafana on the 27th.

And even though Dede concurs it won’t be an easy preliminary stage for the 4-time Africa champions, the versatile forward maintains an unflinching belief in his national team.

“This group is going to be very tough, today every game is tough, everyone has the chance to go through, everyone has the opportunity to win,” the 25 year old acknowledged.

“(But) I am a Ghanaian so I’m going to be on the pitch to try and qualify, to try and do everything possible to make sure Ghana go through,” Ayew affirmed.

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