Ibrahim Ayew

Ibrahim Abdul Rahim Ayew[needs Akan IPA] (born 16 April 1988), also known as Ibrahim Ayew or Rahim Ayew, is a Ghanaian professional footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder for Gibraltar National League club Bruno's Magpies. He formerly played for the Ghana national team.

Ibrahim Ayew
Personal information
Full name Ibrahim Abdul Rahim Ayew
Date of birth (1988-04-16) 16 April 1988 (age 34)
Place of birth Tamale, Ghana
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Position(s) Defensive Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Bruno's Magpies
Number 2
Youth career
Adisadel College
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2008 Nania 77 (13)
2008–2009 Eleven Wise 30 (6)
2009–2010 Zamalek 11 (1)
2011–2013 Lierse 39 (0)
2013–2015 Asante Kotoko 11 (0)
2016–2021 Europa 83 (4)
2022– Bruno's Magpies 0 (0)
National team
Ghana U-17
Ghana U-20
Ghana U-23
2009–2010 Ghana 7 (0)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 1 May 2021

Club careerEdit

Ayew began to play football at Adisadel College, and later started his professional career with his father's team F.C. Nania[1] and was in January 2009 transferred to Eleven Wise. He agreed to sign for German club TSG Hoffenheim, signing on a three and a half year contract,[2] but the deal never materialized. On 17 June 2009, after much speculation, then 21-year-old Ghanaian national player joined from Sekondi Wise Fighters to Egyptian giants El Zamalek FC, where he signed a five-year contract.[3] In January 2011, he signed a contract with Lierse S.K. in the Jupiler League in Belgium. He became a free agent in July 2013 after a two-season stint with Lierse and then for 5 months, he tried to look for a team to play. In December 2013, he returned to Ghana, signing with Asante Kotoko.[4] In 2016, Ayew moved to Gibraltar to sign with Premier Division side Europa. Used as a left-back in the side, he scored his first goal on 19 March 2017 against Europa Point. After 5 years at the club, Ayew left Europa in summer 2021. However, he returned to football a year later to sign for league rivals Bruno's Magpies, first appearing in their inaugural UEFA Europa Conference League squad to face Crusaders on 7 July 2022.[5]

International careerEdit

Ayew has played for Ghana at the U-17, U-20,U-23 and the Senior Team levels.[6] He was also called up for the Friendly game from the Ghana national football team against Mali national football team[7] and plays the game alongside his younger brother André Ayew.[8] He also played in the just ended African cup of nations in Angola and placed 2nd in the 2010 tournament. He also featured in the CAF African Nations Cup Tournament (CHAN) and placed 2nd again in that tournament with Rahim voted twice as Man of the match in 2009. He was selected, together with his brother André Ayew as part of Ghana's 23-man team for the 2010 World Cup staged in South Africa.

Personal lifeEdit

Abdul Rahim comes from a family of footballers. He is the half brother of André, Jordan and Imani, having the same father, Ghana's renowned ex captain Abédi Pelé. Abedi and his first wife had Rahim, before Abedi married Maha, mother of Abedi's other children. Rahim is the nephew of Sola and Ghana's retired ex striker Kwame Ayew. His grandfather from his mother Maha's side, Alhaji A.A. Khadir,[9] is Lebanese.[10]



  • E. K. Nayanar Memorial Football Gold Cup: 2007

Asante Kotoko



  1. ^ Nania F.C, Okwawu Utd called up by DC Archived 2016-09-13 at the Wayback Machine on ghanafa.com
  2. ^ Rahim Ayew Set To Join Hoffenheim on www.goal.com
  3. ^ Ayew Joins Zamalek
  4. ^ PLB clears Kotoko new signings Jerome Otchere, asantekotokosc.com
  5. ^ Magpies - Crusaders | Squads UEFA.com. Retrieved 5 July 2022.
  6. ^ Abedi Pele's son gets France U17 invite on modernghana.com
  7. ^ Dede Ayew, Adiyiah And Others Join Black Stars
  8. ^ Ghana Names Squad For WC Qualifier
  9. ^ "Andre, Jordan Ayew lose grandfather". GhanaWeb. 2016-02-04. Retrieved 2021-09-30.
  10. ^ "Ghana stars Andre, Jordan Ayew lose grandfather". GhanaSoccernet. 4 February 2016. Retrieved 20 July 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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