FORMER Southend United winger Andy Ansah is rooting for the Shrimpers in the play-off final, now that he has avoided the biggest dilemma of his life.

Ansah’s son Zak ended the season on loan at Plymouth Argyle who faced Wycombe Wanderers in the other play-off semi-final.

And Ansah admitted he would not have known who to cheer for had it been the Pilgrims facing Phil Brown’s side on Saturday.

“I’m 100 per cent behind Southend now it’s Wycombe they’re playing in the final,” said Ansah, who made 181 appearances for Blues during a successful six year spell.

“I’m extremely proud of Zak and we’re all obviously right behind him in his career but it would’ve been a really difficult one for me if he was playing against Southend.

“I’m gutted it hasn’t happened because it would’ve been a great experience for him to play at Wembley.

“But it has probably stopped me from having the biggest dilemma of my life because Southend was where I had the best times in my career and it’s a club that will always mean a lot to me.”

Ansah will therefore be desperate for Blues to come out on top at Wembley.

But, having watched Wycombe closely against Plymouth, he knows how well they will have to play if they are to triumph.

“Wycombe are a good side and they have two big lads up top who are a handful,” said Ansah.

“But when Plymouth pressed Wycombe they had some joy and if Southend can do that, instead of sitting back, then I’m sure they can win.”

And Ansah would also love that to happen due to his close friendships with both Michael Timlin and Myles Weston.

“Michael is from Peckham so I know him well and I was actually on the phone to him after the first leg with Stevenage to help him find the right kind of headwear for him after his clash of his heads,” said Ansah.

“I grew up with Myles’ dad so I’ve known Myles since he was a kid so it would mean a lot to see him win at Wembley too and I think the fans deserve it too for how loyal they are to the club.”