Beware of Indomitable Lions …Grant warns Black Stars

Ghana's players celebrate after Jordan Ayew put them ahead against DR Congo

Ghana’s players celebrate after Jordan Ayew put them ahead against DR Congo

Days before Ghana even think of a plan for Cameroon in the AFCON semis, their coach is issuing rallying cries.

Avram Grant wants to get into another final, and he wants it, badly. But in his way is a juggernaut of an Indomitable Lions side.

“In the group stage they played well and against Senegal they were very impressive. Senegal created more chances but i think Cameroon deserved to win the match. The semi final is going to be tough,” he told Pulse Ghana.

“I saw the Cameroonians yesterday [Saturday] and they were very good; a very tough side.”

Without Asamoah Gyan, the Black Stars went past DR Congo in Oyem, through goals from Jordan and Andre Ayew.

“The AFCON trophy is gradually becoming too slippery for Ghana to handle. It has eluded the Stars for the past 35 years with many coaches all failing to bring it home within this period.”

“This time, we need to get our acts right to ensure we grab it. We have gotten to the semi finals again but that is no news. Even playing at the finals is nothing new for Ghanaian fans that is why we need to work extra hard to win our next two games to bring the trophy home.

“Commenting on the semi final clash against Cameroon, Grant says his side has to cut out all the errors from their previous matches if they are to book a final ticket.

It was an improved performance against the Congolese after losing 1-0 to Egypt last Wednesday in the final Group D match.

“We corrected mistakes we made and in the second period it was totally different,” Grant told reporters after the DR Congo game.

“We played good football. The two goals we scored were fantastic. And when we fell asleep, they (DR Congo) also scored a fantastic goal.”

“But against the Cameroonians, we would have to up our game, take our chances to ensure we get to the final.”

Despite the strong resolve to win the championship, Grant’s future is still up in the air with his contract set to come to an end after the Cup of Nations and yet no new one has been offered.

The 60-year-old Israeli is coming to the end of the two year contract he signed with the Ghana Football Association and there are growing concerns that the coach will be leaving after the Cup of Nations.

Morocco’s head coach Herve Rernard is seen as a front runner to replace him but with Ghana still in with a chance to win the competition nothing has been held.

Uganda’s coach Michu Sredejevic has also been muted as one of the coaches interested in the job as well as former France skipper, Marcel Desailly.

Grant has come on collision course on several occasion with the Ghana Football Association (GFA) over his choice to stay outside Ghana to monitor the performance of his players.

His reason that almost the entire membership of the players reside outside the country has not gone down well with the local fans who also feels the coach must also devote more time for the local players by staying to watch the local league.


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