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Pele's Predictions

Kennedy Gondwe/TwentyTen

Location: Johannesburg, South Africa

Ghanaian legend Abedi Ayew speaks out about his successful sons.

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Ghanaian legend Abedi ‘Pele’ Ayew is usually reluctant to talk about his footballer children: Andre, Jordan and Ibrahim. Although he says he does not want to put pressure on the trio, once the topic in broached, his eyes light up and he beams with pride.

Pele’s reaction is understandable. While his second son Andre is proving to be star in the FIFA 2010 World Cup, Ibrahim is on the bench in the Ghana set up. Teenager Jordan, who Pele ranks above the other two, has just been promoted to the main team of French giants, Marseille.

“People keep asking the same question, but it’s always difficult to talk about your own sons,” he says. “I think it’s a mixed feeling to go the stadium to watch your son playing. You pray that everything goes well, but you also have your doubts that maybe things will not go well.

“You have that mixed feeling, but at the end of the day, if he wins a man of the match while you at the stadium, you are so happy that you can’t even express your feelings.”

Despite being named Africa’s best player on three occasions,...

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