Ghana needs unity to reach 2018 World Cup – Says Grant

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Ghana coach Avram Grant has said that the country’s Football Association and Sports Ministry must put aside their differences if the Black Stars are to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Ghana got their Group E campaign off to a poor start this past weekend when they were held 0-0 at home by Uganda and face a tough second match next month when they travel to North African giants Egypt.

The country’s FA and Sports Ministry have been battling against each other in recent months, affecting the Black Stars’ preparations for major matches.

“This is not professional. This is not things we did before and we need to learn why we did well in Africa and continue with it,” said Grant in the wake of Ghana’s draw with Uganda.

”We need everybody together, from the politicians to everybody to girls, boys, everyone to help give the team peace of mind. We need to learn that if there’s no support, the team is not winning which I’m not happy for, but this is the situation we find ourselves.

”Ghana has a strong team, we can win in Egypt, we can reach the World Cup, but everybody needs to be professional. If everybody will do his job, I can assure you that it will be good starting from the game against Egypt.

”We need to learn from our unprofessional preparations before Rwanda and Uganda and prevent a re-occurrence.

”Don’t point a finger and say this is your fault and my fault! Everybody together, learn from the past, correct our mistakes and do well.”

Ghana face South Africa in Durban on Tuesday evening in an international friendly.