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Avram Grant reveal his intention on the rebuild of Black Stars after the 2014 World Cup disappointment but….

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Avram Grant, the former manager of Chelsea, has disclosed that Ghanaians had lost faith in the national team, the Black Stars, following their disappointing performance at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Grant, who assumed the role of head coach in late 2014 after Kwesi Appiah’s dismissal, acknowledged the skepticism within the country due to the off-field issues that marred the World Cup campaign. This included the expulsion of Sulley Muntari and Kevin-Prince Boateng due to disciplinary problems.


“When I arrived, nobody had faith in them after the World Cup; the country was against them, and I can understand why considering what happened during the tournament,” Grant reflected on his arrival.

However, he swiftly devised a plan to rebuild the team and restore belief in the Black Stars. “I suggested, ‘Let’s build a new Ghana now,’ and it was incredible.”

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Despite taking charge during a challenging period, Grant had a significant impact in a short span of time. He guided Ghana to the final of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, where they were narrowly defeated by Ivory Coast in a marathon penalty shootout. This journey to the final remains one of Grant’s cherished memories.

“I will never forget that we were placed in a tough group with Algeria, Senegal, and South Africa. We lost the first game, but we displayed tremendous mental strength. We reached the final, and there was no doubt that we were a better team than Ivory Coast. Yaya Toure even confirmed this when I met him,” recalled the coach.

Grant parted ways with Ghana in 2017 and currently manages Zambia. He is presently in Ghana for the second edition of the All Stars Festival.

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