Ghana's coach Avram Grant 'not happy' with airfare row ahead of Rwanda game

Ahram Online , Thursday 1 Sep 2016

Avram Grant
Ghana coach Avram Grant (Photo: Reuters)

Ghana's coach Avram Grant has expressed his displeasure with a row over the cost of airfares that has overshadowed the Black Stars' preparations for their upcoming Nations Cup qualifier against Rwanda.

Although they have already qualified for the African tournament, Ghana will host Rwanda in Accra on Saturday.

Ghana's preparations for the upcoming clash have been marred by the sports minister's decision to refuse to allow his cash-strapped ministry to pay for the plane tickets of those members of the squad who are based abroad.

He asked the Ghanaian federation to play Saturday's clash with a home-based squad only, but the former Chelsea boss refused to comply, naming a squad that includes 22 foreign-based players.

Grant praised the positive attitude of his players, who decided to buy their own tickets home to play the game.

"I must say I am not happy with the preparations but I think the players' attitude has been positive so far," Grant told reporters on Thursday.

"I didn't like it when players were supposed to buy their own tickets for the game and we didn't know exactly when the players were supposed to report."

With just one game remaining in the qualifiers, Ghana are on the top of the group with 13 points, seven ahead of second-placed Rwanda.

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