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Avram Grant is more than happy with what Ghana is producing at the Africa Cup of Nations.
Speaking after Ghana’s 1-0 Group D victory over Mali secured the Black Stars’ place in the quarter-finals, Grant pointed out his national team’s maturity in adjusting to Les Aigles’ style of play and playing on an appalling pitch at Stade de Port-Gentil.
“We dominated the game completely in the first half,” Grant said, according to BBC Sport. “Then Mali played direct and we needed to fight. On this pitch it was very difficult to counterattack and passes went astray. In the first half we played good football and in the second half we played mature football.”
Grant also chose to focus on the result rather than Mali’s unluckiness, saying: “In tournaments you play for the points, we were winning 1-0 and we want to qualify. Yes, we were pushed back in the second half and it was not planned but I am happy for the six points.”
Ghana, atop Group D and yet to concede a single goal at the Africa Cup of Nations, will close out its group-stage adventure against Egypt on Wednesday in a rematch of the tournament’s final from 2010.