Grant hails a team victory


Ghana coach Avram Grant hailed Asamoah Gyan but also said it was a team victory after the Black Stars' captain struck a last-gasp winner against Algeria on Friday on his comeback after a bout of malaria.

It was Grant's first competitive win as Ghana coach.

"He is a great player but also a great personality. But it's not just the victory of one player. It's the victory of a whole team," said Grant. "We rushed things in the first half but we are a young team and most of our players will play at least the next two Cups of Nations.

"We never let our heads go down and we managed to keep a clean sheet," added Grant, whose side joined Algeria on three points with a game to play after bouncing back from a last-minute loss to Senegal. "Nothing is decided in the group. We conceded a goal in the last minute against Senegal, so we deserved to get a last minute goal ourselves."

Andrew Ayew added: "When the ball went in, we were all delighted because it keeps our chances alive, but there is still one match to play so there is no excess of confidence. We had four or five players who were a bit ill, like Gyan, John Boye and me, but we played for the country.

"We knew Gyan was ill, but we know that, even when he is not 100 per cent, he can make the difference. He has the experience to score that type of goal in the last minute, when there is a lot of pressure."

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