Preview: Ghana poised to keep AFCON dreams alive

4 years ago

The Black Stars are ready to put Monday’s setback behind them and boost their chances of making it into the quarter final stage of the 2015 AFCON with a victory over Algeria on Friday.

Coach Avram Grant’s side lost their group opener against Senegal on Monday despite taking a lead in the first half of the game.

However, Grant admits that every football game comes with pressure.

"I don't think pressure is a negative word. Of course it puts you under pressure but we were under pressure before the game," he said.

"I say to the players there are two kinds of life: the people who are on the beach without pressure, and the people who need to play football and achieve something.

"We want to achieve something especially after the bad result in the first game even though I thought the players played very well."

Ghana played their first game without captain Asamoah Gyan and defender John Boye, who were both out due to illness.

The experienced pair could however return for the game against the Desert Foxes on Friday, giving the team a massive boost.

The match which will be played at the Mongomo Stadium in Equatorial Guinea, will be Ghana’s fourth meeting with the North Africans in the African Cup competition with each side winning once in previous encounters.

Ghana defeated Algeria 3-2 in the 1982 edition of the competition before going ahead to win its fourth AFCON trophy in Libya.

Victory on Friday will take Grant’s side level on points with Algeria and Senegal, who will also take on South Africa in the other Group C fixture.