Grant: There are no weak teams at this tournament
Ghana national team manager Avram Grant has spoken ahead of their 2017 AFCON opener against Uganda about the pressure, the results, and the Uganda national team.
The Black Stars are set to kick-off their Africa Cup of Nations campaign against Uganda on Jan. 17, and their manager Avram Grant has praised his players, adding that they don’t fear pressure.
“I don’t think you can achieve anything without pressure. We like to use pressure as a negative word but I think it’s good,” Grant said in his press conference on Monday.
“In the last Nations Cup we were very very close – 22 penalties and we were the better side, but that is for memories – now we want to achieve something.
“I know the players better now and they can achieve a lot of things together.
“It is a good group of people, with quality, with passion to serve the country. That is why I choose them.
“There are players who, even with the quality, they don’t want to serve their country and make other people happy.
“But this is the main thing with national teams. You have a privilege to serve your team and make a lot of people happy,” he added.
The manager has also spoke about the Ugandan national team and described them as a tough team. He also added that his team have recovered from the poor results in the World Cup qualifiers.
“They’re a tough team, it’s not easy to play against them – and especially in Ghana we had difficulties in the last games,” Grant said.
“But we are not looking at the past too much, we are learning from the past but living in the present.
“We have recovered from our poor results in the World Cup qualifiers.
“We had a previous experience with Uganda. They are a good team and we struggled against them in the World Cup qualifiers but we are looking now for the future..
“There are no weak teams at this tournament and there is no room for heavy results.”
“Our group is very tough but we are well prepared and we are ready for any challenge,” he concluded.
Meanwhile, Ghana’s captain Asamoah Gyan has said that they are ready to be the Cranes, describing them as one of the best teams in Africa.
“This year we have almost the same players [as in 2015],” Gyan said.
“Some young lads have joined recently but 95% of the team are the same and we have been working under the coach for more than two years so we understand each other.
“No disrespect to the Uganda team, but everybody knows statistically we are ahead of them.
“If they beat Ghana it’s big news for them. If we beat them, people might say it’s a normal thing.
“But I want to tell people: Uganda is a great team. They are one of the best teams in Africa right now,” The former Sunderland striker concluded.
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