The Ghana federation was afraid that their coach Avram Grant couldn’t travel to certain countries due to his Israeli passport. This is particularly true in the Arab nations, including some in Africa.
Grant has now obtained a Polish transport thanks to his family that had once lived in Poland during World War 2.
“It is a very important and emotional day. Feeling Polish comes naturally to me. My father, Meir, was a Polish citizen. He was born in Mlawa, near Warsaw, like my grandfather Avraham, great-grandfather Herschel, and the generations before them,” Grant stated on receiving his passport in London, England.
Grant lost both his parents and five siblings due to the war, so it was an emotional ceremony for him.
“I am in Poland at least four to five times a year. Since visiting for the first time in 1988, I made the journey more than 100 times.”