Avram Grant slams Accra stadium pitch

Avram GrantHead coach of the Black Stars, Avram Grant has expressed concern about the quality of the Accra Sports Stadium pitch, describing it as the worst pitch he has ever seen in his coaching career.

According to him, a request by him to get the pitch watered before the game was not done because the authorities failed to raise an amount of Gh¢ 800 for fuel.

At the Ghana-Rwanda post match press conference, “I would have raised the said amount if they had told me earlier that there was no money to buy fuel to power the machines to water the turf before the game. The pitch was bad and it affected our game.”

Grant noted that with the AFCON quest over, he would focus on Uganda, the next opponent for the Stars for next month’s FIFA World Cup qualifier.

He lamented that the ‘no money syndrome’ made it impossible for Ghana to fly a scout to watch their (Uganda) last AFCON qualifier which they came out victorious to qualify after a long absence.

The Black Stars were held to a 1-1 draw in the final AFCON qualifier on Saturday and Grant noted that he was very disappointed with the outcome, saying that he wanted to finish in grand style with a convincing win.

“Despite the result not being favourable, I would still congratulate the boys,” he said.

Meanwhile, Ghana and West Ham United midfielder Andre ‘Dede’ Ayew has showered praise on Black Stars players following an emotional message to him during the 1-1 draw with Rwanda in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers at the Accra Sports Stadium on Saturday.

The 26-year-old was ruled out of the game, following an injury he sustained on his debut for the Hammers against Chelsea in August.

After scoring the opener for Ghana, Samuel Tetteh raced down the technical bench to pick a shirt with the inscription “Get well soon Ayew”.

“Thanks for the love that you all showed me,” Ayew wrote on Twitter. “I have no words. I will be back soon insha Allah,” he added.

Ayew was expected to return between November and December but recent reports from West Ham suggest he could be back earlier.

By Albert Agyeman

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