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Sports News of Tuesday, 20 January 2015


Loss makes it difficult for us — Grant

According to Coach Avram Grant, who is tasting his first AFCON, every point counts in a difficult group as the Stars’ as every point missed is a chance gone.

At a post-match press conference in Mongomo yesterday, Grant did not hide his disappointment over losing the game but insisted his charges played well even though he could not explain why they failed to show up as strongly in the second half as they did in the first.

"Yes, the loss makes it difficult for us, but all is not lost. We still have two matches to play and we will immediately focus on those games, but why we could not match up to the pace of the Senegalese, I can't explain, but no doubt our opponents used their physical strength very well to their advantage," Coach Grant said.

Captain Dede Ayew, while admitting that they missed the influence of their sick captain, Asamoah Gyan, said his absence played no role in their defeat as the players who featured were determined to win.

"Of course, he is our leader and we missed him, but we were determined to win but, of course, that was not how the story ended in this game. We are not giving up. If our captain returns in time for the remaining matches, all the better but we will try to get the job well done and keep the dream on course if that does not happen," Ayew, who scored Ghana's goal, stressed.