Grant blames tall Senegal players

Soccer News of Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Source: Daily Guide

Avram Grant Black Stars

Ghana coach Avram Grant has attributed his side’s defeat to the burly nature of the Senegalese players.

He said in a post-match interview that the Black Stars lost the game because the Senegalese were taller and bigger than the Ghanaians which robbed them off all the aerial tussles.

The defeat notwithstanding, Grant is hoping to turn things around in his last two Group games against South Africa and Algeria to keep Ghana in the competition.

“It was very disappointing because we did everything to win the game. They scored from high balls. It was difficult to compete against them in the high balls. We lost the battle in the air,” said Grant.

The former Chelsea coach added: “It was difficult for us to compete, but the players did well, and this is the reason why we scored the first goal. It was a difficult match for us. We were playing against experienced and very physical players.

“When we played the ball along the ground it was good. We opened the scoring and had good chances.

“We don’t want this result, but I’m sure as you saw the players showed good mentality and we hope it will be the same next game. But we knew that if we lost nothing would be decided.”

Ghana will embark on an image redemption mission against Algeria this Friday, before facing South Africa on January 27.