Major boost for Ghana

JbGHANA has received a major boost ahead of their second group game against Algeria on Friday as Captain Asamoah Gyan and defender John Boye made a return from illness to train with the team on Tuesday.

The duo missed Ghana’s opening match defeat to Senegal having been hit by a suspected Malaria ailment.

Many football enthusiasts on the contrary attributed the Black Stars defeat to the absence of the two players who remains key members of the squad.

Gyan had failed to train with the side since their arrival in Mongomo after complaining of not feeling too well, whiles Boye on Sunday was rushed to the hospital with a suspected fever.

The pair could however be featuring for the team in Friday’s crucial clash against Algeria having joined their counterparts at training on Tuesday.

The return of the two will serve as a major relief for Coach Avram Grant ahead of the big clash against the Group leaders at the Estadio de Mongomo.

In another development, Jordan Ayew has called for patience in the wake of the team’s shocking defeat to Senegal in their 2015 Africa Cup of Nations opener last Monday, saying they must look ahead to Friday’s game against Algeria with high hopes.

The Black Stars will take on the Desert Foxes hoping to rebound in style after a difficult start.

They lost 2-1 to Senegal at the Municipal stadium in Mongomo to quench the hopes of Ghanaian fans but the Lorient attacker is urging for calm and patience.

“We are disappointed of course. We really wanted to start this tournament with a victory but, unfortunately, it’s been a surprise late in the game. This is football,” he said.

It is clear that it was a defeat that hurts, but this is not the end of the world. No, I do not believe that it is a physical problem. We tried to maintain our advantage but, unfortunately, we did not achieve the ultimate.

“I think it is important now to forget this match and now think about the next game against Algeria. We have a young group and a team that is under construction. This is somewhat normal. You must be patient with us.”

Meanwhile, Algerian defender Mehdi Zeffane is a major doubt for tomorrow’s Africa Cup of Nations clash against Ghana.

The Lyon right-back could not complete Tuesday’s training session after only a few touches due to an injury.

The French-born man is now almost set to miss the crunch tie against the Black Stars at the municipal stadium in Mongomo.

The Algerian are in buoyant mood after a decisive 3-1 win over South Africa in their opener on Monday night.

They come up against a wounded Ghanaian side who lost the plot against Senegal after going down 2-1.

In a related development, Algeria coach Christian Gourcuff will ring changes to his starting line up ahead of tomorrow’s showdown against Ghana.

Majid Bougherra is in pole position to be part of the starting eleven as Gourcuff ponders at least two changes to his set-up.

The coach is most likely to replace Ryad Mahrez with Saphi Taider as the torchbearer midfielder is expected to supply the forward line, according to reports in the Algerian media.

Sofiane Feghouli will be positioned just behind the two strikers. This is an option for Gourcuff, having also observed that Ghana is not an easy opponent and can create a lot of problems in the heart of the park.

In addition, Ghana has experienced in contrast to South Africa who were naïve allowed three goals to be shipped in after taken the lead.

The coach is expected to make his decision on Wednesday or latest today ahead of the crunch tie against the Black Stars.

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