Afful unperturbed by pitch

Harrison AffulBlack Stars defender, Harrison Afful is unperturbed about the quality of the pitch at the Port-Gentil Stadium, saying “this is Africa and we have to manage it”.
Afful told the media on Sunday that, though the pitch is horrible, they are left with no option because in Africa you hardly get the required standard of pitch for good football.
“We wanted something better than this, but without it life must go on. We must do our best with what has been provided.
“It must not be an excuse for us to fail, because we are not the only people playing on the pitch,” he added.
He said the team must be ready to cope with any condition in the competition, adding that, without that they cannot be worthy champions.
“In Africa you don’t expect everything to be perfect, there are certain challenges you must learn to live with,” Harrison noted.
The pitches at the 2017 AFCON has been a major concern for coaches and players as it has so far caused injuries to five players in the competition.
Meanwhile, Head Coach of the Black Stars, Avram Grant, has said the performance of the team in the second half of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), should not be taken for granted as his players have really fought hard to keep their lead in each of the matches.
“People are taking our performances for granted, but the boys really fought hard to survive the pressure in each of the matches.
“We really fought like crazy in the second half against Mali. It was not an easy win. I am surprised people are taking our performance for granted.
You really need a lot of experience and maturity to overcome our opponents,” Granted added.
Coach Grant, however, noted that, he was happy with the six maximum points after two games, which has ensured their qualification to the next stage of the competition.
He assured that, the team would strive to win their next game against Egypt to maintain a clean record.
“We want to win every game no matter the situation. We are in the competition to win and we must ensure we get the maximum points in every game.
“Our continuous stay in the competition does not depend on the outcome of the Egypt game but it is a match we are keen on winning,” Coach Grant noted.

 

-GNA

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