South Africa clash will be a great game – Grant

Sports News of Monday, 26 January 2015


Avram Grant Ghana Coach Kit

The Black Stars coach is not ruling out a difficult game against the Rainbow nation in their last group game at the Nations Cup which is a make or break battle.

Ghana coach Avram Grant is expecting another tough match on Tuesday in Estadio de Mongomo against a South African team that he describes as “fantastic”.

A win over the Bafana Bafana will guarantee the Black Stars a place in the last-eight of the Africa Cup of Nations, while a draw and Algeria failing to beat Senegal on the same night could also get the four-time African champions past the group stage.

However, former Chelsea manager Grant said his “new generation” Black Stars aim to do the business against a South African team who have impressed him.

“Nothing has been decided yet in this group,” Grant told the press. “Yes, we may have beaten the number one team in Africa, but we now face South Africa, who qualified for this tournament ahead of a big team like Nigeria.”

“They played very well in their first game even though they eventually lost to Algeria. They are a fantastic team.

“We are a young team who have shown we do not give up and so we will come into any game to win it.”

Meanwhile, Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan, who admitted to having “some physical problems”, said they will be up for their next game.

“South Africa have shown they are a very good side right from the qualifiers and so we do not expect an easy match against them,” he said.

“It was a team effort against Algeria, everybody working for everybody, and we will count on this again against South Africa.”