AFCON AFCON 2023: Ayew pleased to sign off with Crystal Palace win

Ghana international Jordan Ayew was happy to help Crystal Palace secure victory in his final appearance before departing for the Africa Cup of Nations.

The Black Star was once again a tireless runner for the Eagles in their 3-1 win over Saturday, assisting Michael Olise for the second time in four days to help his team on the way to victory.

Ayew is now set to head to the Ivory Coast with a view to featuring in his sixth Africa Cup of Nations; this year’s edition commences on Saturday, January 13.

The forward will be looking to add to his 92 caps for his country and go one better than four-time winners Ghana’s best performance in recent years: runners-up in 2015.

“It was a big game for us,” Ayew said of Palace’s 3-1 win over Brentford. “We hadn’t won for two months and it was important to win. It was my last game before I’m off to the Africa Cup of Nations, and I wanted to go away with a win.

“Obviously it was the last game of the year [2023] as well, at home, so it was important to win and give the supporters something to cheer about. The win was massive; massive for our confidence, and for our belief as well. To end the year like that was perfect.”

The win capped a fine individual year for Ayew, who finished 2023 as the Premier League player with the most completed dribbles (84) in the calendar year.

This season alone, Ayew has scored twice, registered five assists, been named cinch Player of the Month for August and signed a new contract extension until 2025.

Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with

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