Andre Ayew rushed from Ghana’s 2-0 defeat to Uruguay to the hospital after hearing that his seven-year-old daughter had collapsed.
The 32-year-old Black Stars forward missed a penalty which would have put the African side in front on Friday – and his daughter collapsed in the emotion of the moment, as reported by HLN.
Both Andre and his brother Jordan Ayew were substituted at half-time, although it is unclear if these two scenarios are linked.
Andre was informed of his young girl’s plight, and immediately rushed to the hospital, only to learn that she was doing well
A tweet featuring an image from the hospital read: ‘Andre Ayew went from the stadium straight to the hospital to see his daughter who collapsed when he missed the penalty against Uruguay. It was quite scary but thankfully, she’s doing fine now.’
Ghana were eliminated from the World Cup with their defeat, whilst opponents Uruguay also exited the tournament in dramatic fashion on goals scored.
The match was viewed by many in the African country as a ‘grudge match’ after the infamous Luis Suarez handball incident which denied them a certain goal in the quarter-final of the 2010 World Cup.
Ayew apologised after his penalty miss, which cost the Black Stars the opportunity to go ahead
Ghana’s Asamoah Gyan missed the subsequent penalty that day in Johannesburg, and went out of the competition on penalties.
Ayew was the only member of that 2010 squad to feature in Friday’s match – although he missed that memorable match due to suspension.
When goalkeeper Sergio Rochet brought down Moahammed Kudus in the box halfway through the first half at the Al Janoub Stadium, Ayew saw a chance of some kind of redemption against their foes, only to place a weak shot which was comfortably parried by the keeper.
Giorgian de Arrascaeta’s brace was enough to seal Uruguay’s win on the day, but they were unable to save themselves from elimination at the first hurdle.
Ayew was part of the 2010 squad during the infamous handball incident, but could not score