Stiffer punishment: Gyan injury frustrates Grant


Ghana coach Avram Grant wants a long ban for Guinea goalkeeper Naby Yatara after claiming the shot stopper deliberately tried to end the career of Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan.

Grant admits he is ‘very frustrated’ by the resulting injury to Gyan who is now in a race against time to be fit for the semi final meeting against Equatorial Guinea on Thursday.

The Ghana captain has been flown to Mongomo for scans on the resulting injury but as Grant contemplates the outcome, he was scathing in his view of the Guinea goalkeeper.

‘This is a chance for CAF to show all of us how they protect player,’ the Israeli said.  ‘When a goalkeeper did what he did with the score at 3-0 and ‘I think CAF needs to take a decision. This player needs to be banned for a long time.

Grant’s strong view influenced by his belief that Yatara had deliberately attempted to take out Gyan especially with the timing of the tackle

‘I think for my opinion at least one year out of the game completely. They need to protect the game not just the top players. What the goalkeeper did was disrespectful to the game, to the other players and when you try to do this, you deserve a long ban for that. This is something you do deliberately. I don’t accept it at any time of the game but especially when it was 0-3. If it was a few centimeters down, who knows what would have happened.

‘Schumacher did it once at the World Cup and everything has been talking about till now. This is worst,’ Grant fumed.

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