Ghana and Marseille striker Jordan Ayew insists he got his Ghana 2012 Africa Cup of Nations call-up on merit.
The third son of legend Abedi Pele is among the preliminary 25-man squad named by coach Goran Stevanovic for next month’s tournament.
The Marseille prodigy has put up excellent performances for the first half season for both club and country and could not be overlooked by the Serbian boss.
His call-up has drawn some criticism that because of his father’s influence in Ghana football led to his call-up.
But the 20-year-old, who will be making his Nations Cup debut if he is among the 23-man final squad, insists his form for both club and country cannot be questioned.
“I have worked very hard this six months to be part of the squad and I did a very good work for the half of the season,” the teenager told MTNFootball.com.
“The Ghanaian fans are watching the Ligue 1 and I think it is my hard work which is now paying off so I must continue like this.
“It’s my first Nations Cup so I can’t tell you much but I think if I’m going to a tournament, it is to have playing time and some experience.
“So we will all go and give our 100 per cent.”
Jordan has come on leaps and bounds after making his full debut in a friendly against Brazil in September.
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