Abedi Pele is a legendary figure in Ghanaian football and played for the likes of Marseille and 1860 Munich.
This summer saw Swansea City and Aston Villa both bring in two men with some quite magnificent heritage in the game. The two in question are of course the Ayew brothers. Swansea snapped up Andre Ayew on a free transfer from Marseille. Aston Villa shelled out to snap up Jordan Ayew from another French outfit in Lorient.
The two Ghana internationals are both sons of the former Ghana star Abedi Pele, aho enjoys legendary status among followers of The Black Stars.
He has been speaking this week about his hopes for his sons in England. He is quoted by Ghana Web as stating:
“As God gives these opportunities to the young men, they must humbly take them and turn them into something successful.
“For now, we cannot yet rate the moves as successful but we need to look at how things will go and we will pray that they (Andre and Jordan) can deliver for their teams.
“At the end of the season, we can look at the situation and say that we have been able to secure good deals, the boys have made a difference in their clubs and we will see what the future holds for us.
“You must be fortunate to get these opportunities when you are a footballer.”
Pele played 67 times for his nation and took in a career which saw him play in Qatar, Switzerland, Benin, France, Germany, Italy and the United Arab Emirates – but he never played in England.
So there is extra pressure on his two sons to make him proud in an entirely new country for the Ayew family.
The pair got their journeys under way at the start of the season. Jordan struggled for Aston Villa whilst Andre impressed for Swansea, scoring against Chelsea in an impressive 2-2 Stamford Bridge draw.
Here’s hoping they can make their dad proud and light up the Premier League this season.