Fenerbahçe defender Alexander Djiku, for the first time, was handed Ghana’s armband to lead his nation to war on Tuesday in a friendly against Liberia.
The center-back secured a starting berth once again and was honoured with the captain’s armband following the absence of Andre Morgan Dede Ayew. The former Nottingham Forest attacker was benched and only had few game time as Ghana beat Liberia 3-1 in an international friendly at the Accra Sports Stadium.
Dede is the captain, followed by Arsenal’s Thomas Partey before Jordan Ayew.
The Ayew brother’s started from bench as Partey did not receive a call-up to the international break due to injury. Therefore, manager Chris Hughton handed former Strasbourg captain Alexander Djiku the opportunity to lead Ghana against Liberia.
Djiku enjoyed 45 minutes of game time and did not return after picking up a minor injury. Nevertheless, second half goals from Ernest Nuamah, Kudus Mohammed and Jordan Ayew.
Expressing his joy for having to lead Ghana for the very first time, the French-born Alexander Djiku took to X saying; “Congrat’s to the team for this victory 💪🏽🙏🏽
It’s a great honor for me to be captain”.
Djiku has 22 caps for Ghana national team with a goal simce making his debut in 2020.
Ghana will next face Mexico and the USA in another friendly next month as part of preparations toward 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
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