Jordan Ayew reveals longstanding position struggle after hat-trick heroics

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Jordan Ayew has revealed that he has been playing out of his preferred position for many years without complaint.

This revelation follows his impressive hat-trick in the Black Stars’ thrilling 4-3 victory over the Central African Republic (CAR) on Monday.

The four-time African champions secured their third win out of four matches in the 2026 World Cup qualifiers, propelling them to the top of Group I.

Ayew, 32, who made a significant impact in the team’s previous game against Mali by coming off the bench to score the winner, scored his sixth goal under new coach Otto Addo.

The Crystal Palace forward netted three times, alongside a goal from Fatawu Issahaku, ensuring the West Africans secured the crucial win.

Starting in his favoured position as the lead striker, Ayew expressed his satisfaction with the role he has long been denied under various managers who utilised his versatility by playing him on the flanks.

“To be honest, I have been playing out of position with the national team and club for some time now. I’ve never complained because I just wanted to play football. God’s time is the best, and you always have to remain patient,” Ayew said after the game.

“My favorite position coming through the academy was always as a number 9. Because I can play on the wings and in the pockets, managers want to use me in different positions,” he added.

Jordan Ayew reaches milestone of 100 caps

The match was particularly significant for Jordan Ayew, who was celebrated before the game for reaching a century of appearances for the national team. Marking this milestone with a hat-trick added further importance to the occasion, showcasing his enduring talent and commitment to the Black Stars.

With this victory, Ghana continue to demonstrate strong form in their World Cup qualifying campaign, and Ayew’s performance will undoubtedly be a key factor as they aim for a spot in the 2026 World Cup.

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