Grant shuts door on potential newcomers 


Ghana coach Avram Grant says it would take an incredible lot for any new players to break into the Black Stars, claiming he is happy with the present crop.

The Israeli is aiming to become the first foreign coach to win the Nations Cup with Ghana and he is confident he has a squad that  is strong enough at the moment to mount a realistic challenge.

“At the moment, I am happy with the players we have. We are not exactly looking for new players unless some very good ones come along”, he said.

That stance could be bad news for the likes of Enoch Adu Kofi who has been consistently good for Malmo in Sweden and Samuel Inkoom who is enjoying a resurgence in Turkey with Antalyaspor.

Grant handed first time call ups to Patrick Twumasi and Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey and says there would be little room for further experimentation in the build up to the Nations Cup.

Now Grant’s focus is on getting his team in the best possible shape for the competition in Gabon because he feels the preparations must be absolutely right if the Black Stars are to break their long failure to win a first Nations Cup title since 1978.

“We had 13 points from 15 which is very good. In 2015 we did very well. We played the best football in the tournament, we were the best team in the final and then lost on penalties.,” he said.

“We want to do the best for the country and for ourselves. We need to wait and see. We need to prepare well and right. We have the quality, other teams also have the quality but we would think of ourselves.”


Source: | Ghana

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