”Our target is to top our FIFA World Cup qualifying group”- Avram Grant

Published on: 06 October 2016
”Our target is to top our FIFA World Cup qualifying group”- Avram Grant
Avram Grant

The coach of the Black Stars Avram Grant has spoken about his side’s preparations and targets ahead of the 2018 Russia World Cup qualification opening match against the Cranes of Uganda.

The 61-year-old said although he expects a tough game on FRiday, that will not change his goals.

“I don’t think it will be an easy game, but our target is the same: to win and to do everything to be in Russia,” he said.

When probed about the topsy-turvy build up to the crucial clash against Uganda and if he can capitalise on the advantage of playing at home, he maintained that his goal of qualifying to the 2018 World Cup with Ghana remains intact.

“It is the group stages. It’s a tough group, all the teams can qualify, but we have our own wishes to be there [Russia],” emphasized Grant.

“We are gonna face a very tough side and I’m only thinking about football, nothing else,”he claimed, and then added, “We started training today without three players, but tomorrow the whole squad will be together. The most important thing is to be ready on Friday. Even if we face some difficulties, the most important thing is to be there on Friday.”

“I was in the [World Cup] qualifications with Israel, a small team and we missed qualification by two goals even though we played in a group with France, Switzerland, and Ireland,” added Grant.

“So, as you know, one of the reasons I came here is to understand why the [national team’s]achievements don’t match the talent. We have a big target, to do many good things, to be on top of the world, and that journey begins on Sunday,” he claimed.