Avram Grant: Black Stars not favorites for AFCON title

Soccer News of Monday, 19 January 2015

Source: GHANAsoccernet.com

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Black Stars head coach Avram Grant has moved to shelve his team from pressure by claiming they are not amongst favorites for the tournament.

The Black Stars will open their AFCON campaign today at the Estadio de Mongomo against clever qualifying Senegal.

Ghana’s camp has been hit with major injury concerns with skipper Asamoah Gyan facing a late fitness test ahead of the game today whiles key defender John Boye is also a doubt.

Grant, who will be overseeing his first official game with the Stars since taking over the side last December, says they are far from being favorites.

“Ghana is not favorite for the tournament if you take the other teams player by player and compare the number of players in the English Premier league you will realize there are a lot of good teams,” Grant told El enganche

“Senegal have a lot of players in the English Premier league, Algeria were the best African team at the world cup.

“On paper, all these teams will come before us, but I hope it stay on the paper.”

Ghana have been African Champions on four occasions, but have gone 33 years now without a title.