“Russia friendly will test our depth”- Avram Grant

Tuesday 6th September , 2016 8:36 am

Black Stars coach Avram Grant says that the depth of the national team is what he will be looking out for when Ghana plays Russia later today in Moscow.

The match will be the second assignment for the team in three days after they drew 1-1 with Rwanda on Saturday in the final 2017 AFCON qualifier.

Grant is expected to use the match to give more opportunities to fringe players in the team but aside from that, he says that the match will determine Ghana’s options and its readiness to face the globe’s top teams.

“This match is a different one because it will be played in Moscow. Russia is a very strong team and they have prepared themselves for the 2018 World Cup. I hope will be there and I hope we will play against them.

It is a prestigious game and we want to show that we have depth in the team. We also want to show that we know how to play against bit teams like we have done in the past,” Grant said after the match against Rwanda.

Stand-in Black Stars skipper Emmanuel Agyemang Badu said to reporters in Moscow that Russian-based pair of Jonathan Mensah and Rabiu Mohammed had warned them about the threat of the home team.

“Jonathan and Rabiu told us that Russia was a very good team and they would be calm about how they play. Their players possessed quality and vision and we should not allow the team to settle else we would have a tough encounter.

After the Euros, Russia has changed its coach so the players in the team will be willing to play well but we are ready for them and we will use all the information we have about them.”

The match will be played at 4pm GMT at the Lokomotiv Stadium which sits about 28,000 fans.




By: Nathan Quao/citifmonline.com/Ghana