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Abedi''s son could play for france 7/16/2007
Andre ''Dede'' Ayew has been courted by the French U21 side Andre ''Dede'' Ayew, son of Ghana legend Abedi ''Pele'', has warned that he will play for France if he is not invited to play for Ghana. The 17-year-old, who signed a professional contract with Ligue 1 giants Marseille in May, has recently turned down several offers to play for France''s under-21 side.

Dede now says he will opt for France if Ghana''s football authorities continue to ignore him.

"At this moment there is only one choice to make because I have only received an invitation from one country and that is France," Dede told BBC Sport.

''Ghana invite''

"I can''t beg the authorities in Ghana to invite me to the national team because they know what I am capable of doing for my country.

"This issue has become more pressing because the first-team players of Marseille are mostly of international quality and one must establish himself as an international player too.

I have only received an invitation from one country and that is France

Andre ''Dede'' Ayew

"I am having incessant pressure from the French authorities and I know I will receive another invitation next month.

"It has to be understood that I can''t keep on turning them down - I need to make a decision soon."


The teenage prodigy is keen to emulate his father, who also won the African Footballer of the Year award three times in the 1990s as the captain of the Black Stars.

"Obviously my first choice is to play for my country, for the people of Ghana and to represent Africa in the right way in the eyes of the world.

"Every father wants his son to follow in his footsteps and if God permits I want to better what my father did for our country and Africa.

"But if the country that my father did everything for doesn''t give me the opportunity, I have to respect the French coaches who have shown confidence in me."

The player currently holds both a French and Ghanaian passport.

Ibrahim Sannie

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