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Sports News of Friday, 16 October 2015


Avram Grant applauds players in Canada friendly

Ghana coach Avram Grant Ghana coach Avram Grant

Ghana coach Avram Grant has hailed the performance of his team in their 1-1 draw with Canada in an international friendly.

The Black Stars and the Canucks of Canada shared the spoils at the RFK Stadium in Washington DC on Tuesday.

The Canadians opened scoring through Marcel De Jong, before Albert Adomah equalized on the stroke of half time.

US based Kwadwo Poku, Ofosu Ayeh and Gideon Baah made their Ghana debut with striker Majeed Waris returning to the team after missing their last two assignments due to injury.

Grant was impressed with the team’s output despite the draw.

“It was a good friendly game for us, a good opportunity for us to see other players,” he said

“We wanted to win like every game but we used this to assess the strength of others when the regular players are not around so it was a good exercise for us.

“When I took over the Black Stars job I noted that I want to have a big squad that I can choose from for games, all the players are good and have the potentials to always be in the team but I can’t say after this game if we will use them or not but it gives me lots of options.

“We will continue to check players because Ghanaian players are all over the world.”

The Black Stars game on Tuesday formed part of their preparations for next month’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier.