Coach Avram Grant yesterday said the Black Stars of Ghana were just unlucky to find the back of the net against the Cranes of Uganda in their opening Group E 2018 FIFA world cup qualifier played in Tamale on Friday.
Grant made the revelation in his post-match interview following the goalless tie between the two sides at the Tamale Sports Stadium.
"We played according to plan, dominated the entire game but… were unable to score from the several chances created on the day"
Grant had expressed some tacit concern over the temperature at the stadium ahead of the game and it is uncertain if he believes it impacted his team’s performance.
“It will be hot for both teams. It is not nice to play in this heat and it will be good if it were cooler but it will be the same weather for both teams so we do not want to talk a lot about it.”
The Black Stars got off to an uninspiring start despite finishing strongly in a match in which pundits expected them to crush the Cranes given the All-Star caliber of players assembled for the match.
Interestingly, the Black Stars have not won their last three competitive games against Rwanda, Russia and Uganda.
Nevertheless, Grant remains confident that his Black Stars will qualify for the 2018 World Cup scheduled for Russia with five more games on the schedule.
“We have five games to go," …
"Even in the 2015 AFCON, we lost the opening game to Senegal but we qualified from the group in the end.
"We have the quality to make it.
“Our group is a tough group, so there won’t be easy games.
"They have got a point here, we can go there and beat them, it’s football.”
The Black Stars next assignment will be away from home in November against the Pharaohs of Egypt.
Congo and Egypt the other two teams in the group will square off in Brazzaville on Sunday.
Abena Alice with news wires
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