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Le Roy pleased with Stars

13 years ago

Though Ghana deserved a goal in Tuesday’s international friendly against Brazil in Stockholm, the Black Stars failed to equalize a Vagner Love strike after 17 minutes of play.

Love’s goal separated the uninspiring Brazil side and Ghana at the Råsunda stadion in a rematch of the 2006 World Cup second-round tie which Brazil won 3-0. Brazil will be forever indebted to goalkeeper Julio Cesar who pulled some great saves to deny Ghana finding the back of the net.

Ghana could not find the equaliser with Brazil opting for a more defensive play in the latter stages of the game as the South American side sat back. However, the Black Stars’ were not helped when midfielder Haminu Dramani was given his marching orders after 78 minutes.

But Ghana coach, Claude Le Roy believes the Black Stars deserved to score.

"I think we deserved to equalise, we had the chances,” Le Roy said after the game.

Despite the forced early minute substitution of Asamoah Gyan because of injury and the absence of captain Stephen Appiah, Michael Essien and Junior Agogo, Claude Le Roy is pleased with the display of his squad.

"I don't like losing and it's the first defeat in seven matches since I took over the national team, but overall I'm pleased with our game."

For Claude Le Roy who takes out the positives from the game, he had the opportunity to try out four uncapped players as he handed Anthony Annan a place in the starting line up in his debut game for the Black Stars.

Alfred Arthur and Ekow Benson - both locally-based players and Bernard Yao Kumordzi all uncapped were given run outs by Claude Le Roy in the later stages of the game as Michael Helegbe enjoyed his second cap coming on as a substitute.

Ghana enjoyed a great share of attention as football action started over the weekend and rounded up their two-game friendly series in on Tuesday.