Head coach of the Black Stars, Avram Grant, has warned that a repeat of the drama that marred the nation’s 2014 World Cup campaign will happen if all issues surrounding the team are resolved.
The Black Stars’ preparations for their final AFCON 2017 qualifier against Rwanda on Saturday in Accra have been the talking point in the country following the decision of the Sports Ministry to refuse buying air tickets for the foreign-based component of the team.
The call led to players buying their own tickets for the tie and this has left Grant very upset.
He said at a press conference on Thursday that the recent misunderstanding between the Sports Ministry and the Ghana Football Association (GFA) would lead to player revolt similar to what happened in Brazil in 2014 if a solution was not found.
“If we wait until the last moment (before something is done), what happened in the last World Cup will come again. I am warning us. I will not let it happen but it will come again of we wait. You remember what happened in the last World Cup?
I have prevented it until now but every game has a challenge either with money or something else and it does not matter to me who is right (between the Ministry and the GFA).
The only thing is that we will lose. Like we say, the operation will go well but the patient will die.”
The former Chelsea and Portsmouth manager said that he was not happy with the Sports Minister’s involvement in player selection for the match.
Following the decision not to purchase air tickets for some of the players, the Minister, Nii Lante Vanderpuye stated that Grant should use a lot more players from the local league since the team had already qualified for the AFCON 2017 tournament in Gabon.
“At the African Cup of Nations it was like this. The players gave everything, I did the best I could, it was a great staff, and the minister and all the others gave us everything to concentrate on football.
“This is how it needs to be. Immediately the players pay the tickets and the other people want to be coaches, maybe I will be a player.”
The team is expected to finalise preparations on Friday for the match on Saturday which will be played at the Accra Sports Stadium.
By: Nathan Quao/citifmonline.com/Ghana');