Jordan Ayew has scored 17 goals for Ghana

Former Ghana international Rahim Ayew has waxed lyrical about his younger brother, Jordan after the Crystal Palace player dominated headlines on Tuesday.

Jordan scooped three end of the season awards at Eagles’ gala night. Ayew, who scored nine goals this season, bagged the Player of the Season, plus Players’ Player of the Season as well as Goal of the Season awards.

His achievements have been widely praised. Rahim, who played seven times for the Black Stars, has said in an interview with Kobby Stonne on Adom TV, that Jordan has taken over the mantle as the country’s best striker from Asamoah Gyan.

He attributed the younger Ayew’s success to hard work, professionalism and discipline.

Rahim has suggested that his brother be given an important role in the senior national team. According to him, Jordan, who has been in the team since 2010, deserves to be deputy assistant captain.

Although he admits Black Stars coach Charles Akonnor has the power to decide, he feels the 28-year-old has the needed qualities to lead in the absence of substantive captain and brother Andre.

Rahim Ayew (left) with Andre Ayew, Jordan Ayew and their father Abedi Pele

Former Black Stars coach Kwesi Appiah made Andre captain in the lead up to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, with Kwadwo Asamoah named as deputy.

“What I know personally, apart from Dede [Andre Ayew] and Jonathan Mensah, I think Jordan should be the next captain because he has been there for long, but coach has the power to decide.

However, I feel he deserves to be the assistant captain for now, because has the character and he is a leader as well,” Rahim said.

Jordan made his Black Stars debut in 2010 against Swaziland. He has since played 61 games and scored 17 goals.