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AFCON 2017: Grant excited at quarter-final place for Ghana

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Black Stars head coach Avram Grant has expressed his delight at the team’s passage to the quarter final of the ongoing 2017 African Cup of Nations in Gabon. Ghana’s progress was sealed with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Mali at the Port Gentil Stadium on Saturday thanks to a header from captain Asamoah Gyan in the 21st minute. Speaking after ...

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Gyan goal sends Ghana into AFCON quarters

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The Black Stars are through to the quarter-finals of the AFCON after a hard-fought 1-0 win over Mali on Saturday. Ghana’s Captain Asamoah Gyan headed home from a cross by Jordan Ayew in the 20th minute to hand the Black Stars their second win at the tournament. It was a cagey opening with possession evenly balanced but the Black Stars ...

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AFCON 2017: Ghana vs Mali Pre-match manager thoughts

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Ghana will chase its second win of the 2017 African Nations Cup when they face Mali on Saturday at the Port Gentil Stadium. While the Stars overcame Uganda on match day one, the Malians got a goalless draw with Egypt making the second match a very important one. Ghana will not have the services of Baba Rahman whose knee injury ...

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AFCON 2017 pitch brouhaha: Grant wants injured players replaced

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Black Stars coach Avram Grant has thrown a challenge to the tournament organisers to change the rules of the 2017 AFCON and allow teams to replace players lost due to injury. Grant’s case is based on the fact that players have been ruled out of the tournament due to injuries caused by the pitches used in the competition. So far, ...

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Adams Baba: Rahman injury down to Port Gentil pitch

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Black Stars team doctor Adams Baba has implied that the poor state of the pitch in Port Gentil could’ve been the cause of Baba Rahman injury. The Schalke defender injured his knee in Ghana’s win over Uganda in the ongoing AFCON, and was subsequently ruled out of the tournament, after scans revealed he has sustained a meniscus tear and a ...

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Grant calls for focus on Ghana not Mali

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Black Stars head coach Avram Grant says he will not be fixated on his opponents, Mali, ahead of their meeting on Saturday at the Port Gentil Stadium in Group D of the 2017 AFCON tournament. Grant believes that even though the Malians are formidable opponents, his players should not be overly worried about that but they should rather channel their ...

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AFCON 2017:Ghana defender Baba Rahman leaves Black Stars camp

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Ghana defender Baba Rahman has finally left the Black Stars camp and is expected to arrive in Germany later today to undergo further tests on his injured  knee. The on-loan Chelsea defender injured his knee in Ghana’s first game against the Cranes of Uganda. Scans in Libreville revealed a ruptured meniscus and is his club Schalke want to have a ...

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QUAO: Next step for Avram Grant after Baba Rahman’s departure?

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With Baba Rahman’s exit from the 2017 AFCON confirmed, Citi Sports editor Nathan Quao looks at how Avram Grant will cope with the situation ahead of the tie against Mali. Player exits from tournaments usually are a shock to the system and no coach wants to be in that situation. You have planned your route and you have decided to ...

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Gyan frustrated with Ghana’s Afcon drought

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  Black stars skipper Asamoah Gyan has expressed his frustration at the nation’s 35 year old AFCON drought. Ghana won four AFCON titles between 1963 and 1982, but has since failed to add to them. Asamoah Gyan, who is making his 6th AFCON tournament appearance, after making his debut in 2008 when Ghana hosted, says he is honoured to still ...

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Ghana’s Baba Rahman ruled out of AFCON after injuring his knee

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Ghana has been hit with a massive blow at the Africa Cup of Nations as defender Baba Rahman has been ruled out of the tournament after his club Schalke revealed he will be returning to Germany further examination. The Bundesliga side have confirmed the left-back suffered a bruised meniscus and will have to be assessed by experts at Gelsenkirchen. Rahman ...

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