Management member of the Black Stars, Wilfred Kweku Osei Palmer has debunked media reports suggesting the GFA has given Avram Grant an ultimatum to win against Egypt.
It was reported that the Ghana Football Association stopped the coach from going back to Europe after the friendly match against South Africa in Durban due to the intense pressure o the FA. The Black Stars must win against the Pharaoh’s of Egypt to keep their hopes of qualifying alive.
The Black Stars started their Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying series with a disappointing result against the Cranes of Uganda. Egypt, who are seven time African champions are currently leading the table with three points but despite the Egyptians leading the table, Palmer has debunked reports claiming the FA have given the former Chelsea coach an ultimatum to win against the seven thime champions.
“It was a collective effort to stop Avram Grant from going back to Europe because we needed him to be in Accra for a meeting so it wasn’t only me that tried to stop him from going back to Europe but it was a collective effort from the FA.” Kweku Osei Palmer told Asempa FM.
“We made him to understand that we employed him and he agreed to whatever we discussed and he also told us what we need to do. We are currently doing everything to take the Egyptians by surprise so Ghanaians should stay calm and believe that we can do it.
“We shouldn’t put pressure on the coach because if we put much pressure on him, he will not be able to concentrate on his work as a coach because if he fails, we have also failed as a group so there is no need to press the panic bottom.
“We told him the management of the team wants to win against Egypt and if not a win a draw will be accepted because we want to maintain our two points difference because we also listen to what the sports fandom says and we are preparing a plan that will deliver the results against the Egyptians.”
After drawing with Uganda and South Africa, many people are supporting the hash tag Avram Grant must go on tweeter. Quizzed if the FA should listen to what the ordinary people are saying, Palmers said, “We know there is pressure but I don’t think sacking the coach at this moment is the best solution because at the moment there is fiction between the FA and the Ministry that we have to end it so we sacking the coach at this moment will be very bad but I must say the game against the Egyptians will be very difficult but we can’t afford to lose against them. “ Palmer added.
The Egyptians will welcome the Black Stars of Ghana to Cairo on November 13.