Ghana coach Avram Grant has revealed that he is unlikely to rest his star players for tonight’s clash against Egypt.
The Black Stars are already through to the quarter finals regardless of their result against the Pharaohs in Port-Gentil.
This gives Grant the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Senegal coach Aliou Cisse, who made 10 changes to his side for their final group match against Algeria earlier in the week. The Teranga Lions were guaranteed of topping Group B even if they lost.
However, Grant says he would rather select more or less the same XI that did duty in their first two games (minus injured left-back Baba Rahman, of course) to ensure that his players maintain form and fitness.
“We want to win on Wednesday. We want to improve in every game we play,” Grant said at his press conference.
He added, “Some of our key players did not play a lot of games in the last six months due to injuries, so they need games to put them into their best shape possible.
“We want to qualify; we want to play on a good pitch. All the coaches are complaining about the pitch but I don’t want to complain again; we’ve got to deal with it.”
If Ghana avoid defeat against Egypt, they will remain in Port-Gentil for the quarterfinals. Grant is not sure if this would be a good thing or not.
“If the other pitch is better then I’ll prefer to move there because Ghana is a technical team and we like to pass the ball and play good football,” explained the Israeli.