Grant admits to tough decisions on Stars’ trimming

Avram Grant may be called in at Chelsea to assist Rafael Benítez in a consultative roleAVRAM Grant has disclosed that he had to cut his nose to spite his face in naming trimming his initial provisional 31-man squad to 26 for pre-AFCON camping.

The Israeli officially supervised two sessions in Accra and decided goalkeeper Stephen Adams, Enoch Adu Kofi, who were able, did not fit the bill.

Grant also omitted Middlesbrough’s Albert Adomah and on-loan Sampdoria youngster Alfred Duncan who were not around to make the trip.

The 59-year-old also excluded striker Majeed Waris who has picked up an injury and would need ten days to recover but says the Trabzonspor player is under observation.

“It is not easy but it is my job all the time. At the end of the day, the tournament allow us to take only 23 players so we need to cut it to 23,” the former Chelsea and West Ham United manager said.

“It was not easy also because we had too much injuries some players didn’t in the last two months so we needed and we’re still checking them. I think in the short time we did a good job.”

Grant will have to name his 23-man squad by Wednesday- CAF’s deadline for the submission of finals squad for the tournament.

Meanwhile, Grant has lauded the mentality of his players after presiding over two training sessions in Accra before departing a pre-tournament camping in Seville, Spain.

The former Chelsea manager supervised his first workout at the Liberty Professionals stadium in Dansoman last Saturday afternoon and then followed it up the next day at the Lizzy Sports Complex in the morning.

He expressed satisfaction with the body language of his players less than two weeks to the start of the tournament in Equatorial Guinea.

“For the moment I must say the attitude is good. The players look very exciting. There is the passion to do well for the country which like I told you in the press conference will be one of the criteria I would stand about it,” the Israeli trainer said before the team’s departure.

Grant has two days to continue preparations in Spain before naming his final 23-man squad where three players would be dropped.

The Black Stars will leave Seville on 14 January and land at the Equatoguinean base of Mongomo the following day.

Ghana will begin their Nations Cup campaign against Senegal on 19 January before playing Algeria’s Les Fennecs four days later.

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