Fatawu Issahaku says Dede Ayew is his idol

Gati Jesse

Gati Jesse

Published on February 9, 2024

Fatawu Issahaku, a Ghana international, says he grew up idolizing Black Stars captain Andre Ayew.

According to Fatawu Issahaku, playing alongside Black Stars captain André Ayew has been nothing less than a dream come true.

Issahaku, currently on loan at Leicester City from Sporting CP, opened up about his childhood idolization of Ayew in an exclusive interview with Leicester City Football Club’s official media. The Leicester City winger expressed profound admiration for Ayew’s playing style and passion for the game, which fueled the young Ghanaian’s aspirations to emulate his hero.

Fatawu Issahaku


When I was coming up, I looked up to André [Ayew]. I liked how he was playing and how much passion he had for football. He always gave his all to the team, and at that time, I just loved him. I wanted to be like him, and now I play with him for Ghana,” Issahaku revealed with contagious energy.

Fatawu Issahaku

Issahaku’s dream reached its pinnacle in September 2021, when he made his maiden appearance for the Black Stars during a resounding 3-1 victory against Zimbabwe in a 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier. Sharing the pitch with his childhood idol was an indescribable moment for the young talent, who reflected on the surreal experience.

“It was so amazing to be on the field with him. It was a great feeling to meet him. The most exciting part was when I went there; he guided me. He started to give me advice about the game and how to improve,” Issahaku recounted, highlighting the mentorship he received from Ayew.

Issahaku, who is currently demonstrating his talent in the Championship, has had an impressive loan spell at Leicester City, scoring two goals and assisting eight times in the brutally contested English second tier. The emerging Ghanaian star’s impact on the pitch reflects the goals he originally had while idolizing André Ayew.


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