Already motivated: No need for speeches before this final- Grant

Ghana coach Avram Grant says there will be no grand speeches to motivate his players ahead of Sunday’s AFCON final in Bata against Cote d’Ivoire.

Grant has led Ghana on a run to the final after taking over his job in December and is poised to give Ghana it’s first AFCON trophy since 1992 and speaking to reporters at the pre final press conference,he reminded his players of the need for self motivation.

“There won’t be any need for speeches. If there is even one player who is not hugely motivated for this final, then we have a problem. We’ve shown a lot of motivation up to now and we’ll show a lot in the final ” he said.

With a final that will boast of the two best attacking teams in the tournament, Grant is confident the wold will witness a final worthy of the AFCON.

”We have seen quality players and quality football through this tournament but we can expect even more.There are a lot of good players in both line-ups and I think because of that we can expect a quality final.’ 

With both teams sharing the record for the longest ever penalty shoot-out at an AFCON final in their remarkable final of 1992 which was won by the Ivorians,Grant says he is leaving nothing to chance.

‘Obviously we have to prepare for all situations in a final, including penalties,but to prepare for penalties in training is not the same, you don’t have the pressure of the crowd. It is all about psychology at the time but hopefully the game will be decided before we need to get there.’

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