Sports News of Wednesday, 7 January 2015
Source: Graphic Online
Black Stars coach, Avram Grant, says he is delighted with his players’ effort and attitude during the opening days of their pre-Africa Cup of Nations training camp.
Grant and his squad are training at their base in Seville in Spain, ahead of their opening AFCON 2015 fixture against Senegal on January 19 in Equatorial Guinea.
Grant maintains that he has been enjoying what he describes as a positive start to the competition.
“For the moment, the attitude is good, the players look very exciting with passion to do well for the country,” he stressed.
As the entire squad turns its sights at the tournament with just over a week to go for kick- off, Grant is keen his team will make progress as a collective unit.
“We want to train well, we want to practice more on the aspect of football. It’s a short time, but it’s enough time because the players are professionals, most of them are playing abroad. We want to put the team together in the aspect of the atmosphere, spirit, tactic and strategy.
“All the squad now are in the age that they can play in the next African Cup and the World Cup. We are building the first step of something good for the future”, he added.
The Israeli-born former Chelsea tactician says he is ready to end Ghana’s long wait for AFCON trophy 33 years after winning it..
“But I feel the Ghanaian is very realistic about this.
“Of course, they would want us to win, but we want to win more than everybody. I think it’s a good thing and if you see all the successful teams in the world, they built themselves, they went through some process and we are starting some process that I think would be good for Ghana for a long time.
“We are building the right steps, the Ghana Football Association supports us and the effort from the people supports us. I want to win more than anybody. I would not come to any game without the desire to win.”
Having reached the semi-finals in the previous tournament, the Black Stars coach is eager to do well.
“I want to go as far as I can,” the Black Stars coach said.