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Avram Grant demands injured players’ replacement in AFCON

Photo: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Photo: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Ghana coach Avram Grant has demanded the allowance of replacing injured players in the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon.

Ghana has lost their starting left back and Schalke player Baba Rahman for the rest of the tournament after he sustained an ACL rupture which will force him out for a lengthy period.

Similarly, Egypt are currently suffering from two injury woes in the goalkeeping department with Ahmed El-Shennawy confirmed out of AFCON and Sherif Ekramy still recovering from his injury, with the Pharaohs legend Essam El-Hadary the only fit goalkeeper available.

“I will be honest with everyone. AFCON is a major competition like the Euros and the Copa America. The competition is for the supporters but the main actors, like we have in a movie, are the players. Of course, we all want to win for the countries we represent,” Grant said in press conference ahead of Ghana-Mali encounter.

“We need to give the players the best platforms for them to perform well. People are putting in a lot of efforts but a lot more must be done. So far, five players have received injuries due to the pitch and so, the tournament organisers need to relax the rules and allow teams to replace the injured players.”

“I know Ghanaians will be unhappy with what I will say but Egypt have lost two goalkeepers because of the pitch. They need to have those players replaced. I think it is unfair to have them play without those two players. They need to bring in other goalkpeers. It is unfair and unsportsmanlike,” he added.

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