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Avram Grant satisfied with Ghana performance in second half

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Posted on January 26, 2017
Avram Grant

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national team coach showed his satisfaction with his players’ performance in the second half of game despite losing the match.

The Pharaohs were able to defeat Ghana 1-0 as ’s excellent free-kick helped his team lead Group D leaving the Black Stars in second place to play against Group C leaders DR Congo on Sunday in the city of Oyem.

Even though Ghana had its first defeat in the tournament, Grant praised his players for their performance during the match. “I was happy because one of the things we are working on is mental strength and despite not scoring we came to the Egypt half and attacked several times,” Grant told the press in post-match conference. “This is a game I think the team showed a lot of good spirit despite the fact that I rested a lot of the key players.”

Regarding next match against the Leopards, Grant expressed optimism and thinks that his side will win. “For Sunday it is a different story. Congo is a good side and I know it will be a tough game but we will be up for it,” he said.

Ghana is also missing its captain and all-time national team leading goalscorer Asamoah Gyan who collected a groin injury during the game against Egypt. Gyan is currently undergoing MRI to know the extent of his injury as he might be forced out of the 2017 AFCON.

When asked about Gyan’s condition and his chances to catch the quarter-final game Grant said: “It doesn’t look good but Gyan is a very strong boy, he will undergo medical scans first and then we can know better.”

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