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Ayews, Muntari ruled out of Zambia clash

Footy-ghana.com understands that Olympique Marseille duo Andre and Jordan Ayew will not be selected for Ghana’s 2014 World Cup qualifier against Zambia in September.

According to our sources, the two brothers, who have not officially written to the Ghana Football Association to revoke their temporary retirement from the Black Stars, will not be considered until such letters are sent to the GFA.

GFA spokesperson Ibrahim Sannie Daara confirmed this in an interview with Kumasi-based Boss FM recently, noting that the Ayew brothers wrote to the GFA about their international retirement, copying Marseille.

He added: “We cannot call them back to play for the Black Stars even though they have declared publicly that they are available for national duty once again.

“The Ayews wrote to us informing us about their temporary withdrawal of services and they sent Marseille a copy. So we don’t want to name anybody in the squad for the club to turn on us and say that those players are not available. They have to write to us regarding their availability for the team before we can select them.”

Footy-ghana.com understands that the Ayew brothers believe that since they have announced their return, they can be selected if head coach Kwasi Appiah so wishes.

However, footy-ghana.com can confirm that Appiah has not communicated with the duo since the announcement of their return, sparking concerns that both players are not part of his plans.

In a related development, footy-ghana.com also understands that AC Milan midfielder Sulley Muntari will also miss the Zambia game unless he renders an official and unqualified apology to Appiah for his reaction after being substituted in Ghana’s 2-0 win over Lesotho in a recent World Cup qualifier.