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Ghana’s deputy sports minister blasts team manager Avram Grant


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Ghana’s deputy minister of youth and sports has criticised team manager Avram Grant after his recent string of disappointing results.

Ghana are currently third in their qualifier group with Egypt being first; they are with just one point and have been without wins in the last five games with Grant as manager.

Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports Vincent Oppong Asamoah has criticised Grant after Ghana’s disappointing results in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers with a draw at home against Uganda and an away loss to Egypt.

According to Ghanaian news outlets, Asamoah spoke to Ghanian radio channel Abusua FM saying: “I don’t believe that Ghana is out of the world. Avram Grant should wake up from his slumber and put things together.”

Despite their dismal start to the qualifying campaign, the deputy minister believes Ghana could still qualify for the World Cup and refused to lose hope saying that they are “mathematically still in the race”.

Grant who took over the helm of the Black Stars in 2014 is still adamant that he’ll see off his contract before leaving his post as manager, which ends in June, 2017.

“Yes I’d love to stay here, we have the African Cup of Nations, our target is very clear. I always want to finish my contract and my contract expires after the end of the African Cup that was two years and three months ago,” Grant told Metro TV according to several Ghanaian outlets.

The former Chelsea manager, who is facing mounting pressure as Ghana are on the verge of not qualifying for the World Cup for a fourth consecutive time, said: “I want to win the African Cup. It will not be easy, there are other good teams but this is possible and I want to do it.”

It’s worth noting that Ghana are in group D of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, set to kick off in January, along with Egypt, Mali and Uganda.

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