B. Stars will not be carried away – Afriyie

Vrm1Black Stars management committee chairman George Afriyie has insisted that the team will not be carried away by the epic win over Algeria since the ‘work’ is still not yet done.

Ghana produced an improved performance to beat the tournament favourites at the death on Friday through Asamoah Gyan to revive their campaign at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

The epic last minute win has lifted the gloom in the Black Stars camp following the disappointing 2-1 defeat suffered at the hands of Senegal in the opening Group C game.

There was sheer excitement in and around the team after Friday’s win in Mongomo.

But team’s management chief says the jubilation will be measured with qualification to the quarter finals and beyond not yet secured.

“I am very relieved [over the win against Algeria] but there is still work to be done,” Afriyie told GHANAsoccernet.com.

“It was a very tough game but the most important thing is that we got the three points.

“What we want to do is to go to the next stage of the competition and so we have to put this victory behind us and prepare for the next match.

“This a sweet victory alright but it is not party time. We need to concentrate.”

His compatriot, GFA president, Kwesi Nyantakyi also admitted that the win over Algeria last Friday was the most stressful game he has ever experienced with the Black Stars.

The exceptional performance of the Black Stars backed by the last gasp goal of Asamoah Gyan now gives Avram Grant’s side a very good chance of picking one of the two quarter final qualification slots from Group C.

“To score two minutes into three minutes of extra time was miraculous,” he revealed.

“The only game I can liken to this one was Ghana-Burkina Faso in 2005.

“We were down 1-0 in Kumasi until 65th minute when we scored the equalizer.

“But this one put us on tenterhooks for the entire duration of the match.

“It was really stressful, very very stressful.

“It could have ended either way, it could have even ended in a barren score or could have ended that we lost the game.

“But we won and we thank God for that.”

Ghana now goes into its final group game against South Africa tomorrow high on confidence following the epic win over Algeria.

The Black Stars had a stuttering start to their campaign in Equatorial Guinea with a crashing 2-1 defeat to Senegal.

Meanwhile,The Black Stars last Saturday held their first training session ahead of their final group match against South Africa after recoding a 1-0 win over Algeria on Friday.

The two-hour training session led by head coach Avram Grant and his assistant Maxwell Konadu saw the players being taken through various drills and exercise.

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