ANGOLA AFRICAN CUP SOCCERGhana midfielder Andre Ayew has declared peace as he prepares to return to the Black Stars insisting he is committed to serving his country with all his heart.

The Marseille star says he is fully focused on helping his country achieve their goal of making a third successive appearance at the World Cup as he seeks unity in the wake of a high-profile rift.

Ayew hopes Ghana’s 2014 World Cup campaign will not be derailed by his and brother Jordan’s return to the national team after their four-month absence.

The Ayew brothers quit the Black Stars in February citing various reasons for their decision to quit the fold.

But they recently rescinded their decisions after meeting with the country’d President John Mahama which has dominated the headlines.

Much of the talk ahead of the decisive clash against Zambia in September is not about the match itself.

Instead, the spotlight is very much on the brothers’ return from self-imposed international exile.

A high-profile rift with coach Kwesi Appiah triggered an extraordinary chain of events that saw Andre quit the Black Stars back in February.

Jordan also threw his toys out of the pram and followed his brother into retirement.

But their brief stay in the international wilderness is over, and Andre is intent on helping Ghana make it to next year’s World Cup.

“I have always played for Ghana with my heart; people can say what they want but that’s their problem,” the 23-year-old midfielder told BBC Sport.

“I have played injured for my country and done my best, and will continue to do that.”

Andre – nicknamed ‘Dede’ – believes there is no need for him to keep his head down as he reintegrates himself into the Black Stars fold.

“I am going to be myself. I am going to be the same Dede.”

Ayew is expected to return to action for his country in September when they take on Zambia in Kumasi in their final group phase World Cup qualifier.

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