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Avram Grant: “Ghana-Uganda match one of Jordan Ayew’s best for Ghana”

Tuesday 17th January , 2017 8:16 pm
Jordan Ayew (Image credit: Images Image)
Jordan Ayew (Image credit: Images Image)

In what many will describe as a huge surprise in terms of judgement and assessment, Black Stars head coach Avram Grant said he was very happy with the output of Black Stars forward Jordan Ayew against Uganda in the first Group D match of the 2017 AFCON.

The result marked Grant’s first win against Serbian coach of Uganda, Milutin Sredojevic in four attempts. Their recent meeting was considered by as a win for Sredojevic as his team picked up a goalless draw against Ghana in Tamale on match day one of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

In breaking down what worked for him against Sredojevic on Tuesday, Grant revealed that the Aston Villa forwardm Jordan Ayew, was key part of the win and he was satisfied with the player.

“I think Jordan played one of his best games for Ghana. In the first half, he was very good and created chances and held the ball for us. In the second half, his performance dropped just like the rest of the team. When teams come to tournaments, they want to start with a win so I understand.

The players had not won against Uganda in a while so they wanted to protect the lead. We did not attack too often and we did not use the various combinations in the team. The general quality was a little low but we marked well and we protected the spaces because we needed to win.

For Jordan, I think he did a good job in our victory.”

The victory was Ghana’s first against Uganda since 2005 when the Black Stars beat the Cranes by 2-0 in Kumasi in the 2006 World Cup qualifiers.

Ghana will play against Mali on January 25 while Uganda will chase their first win when they play against Egypt on the same day.

 

 

 

By: Nathan Quao/citifmonline.com/Ghana

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