Black Stars coach Avram Grant has spoken to FIFA about his experiences at the helm in Ghana.
He’s come under exceeding criticism lately, but on the pitch he’s done well taking the team to the 2015 Afcon final, losing to Ivory Coast on penalties.
“I think that I’m lucky (to be Ghana coach),” Grant told Fifa.
“Because of football, I can be in so many places and see different cultures. And now in Ghana, I’m enjoying the challenge very much.
“I always say to myself and people of Ghana: ‘How can it happen, and with so much talent in Africa, not one team has reached the semi-final of the World Cup?’ Talent is not enough, you need more than talent. It’s a big challenge and I’m enjoying it.”
Grant may not be a high profile coach, but of course he’s well known thanks to his friendship with Roman Abramovich who gave him a chance to temporarily coach Chelsea when Jose Mourinho was sacked in his first stint.
Since then he’s worked with Portsmouth, West Ham, Partizan Belgrade and BEC Tero Sasana in Thailand. For the latter he was technical director.
Now he readies himself for Ghana’s double header against Mozambique on Thursday and Sunday.
“The Ghana national team has very good players with a lot of talent,” Grant added to FIFA.
“We must remember always that talent is not enough – to maximize that talent is my job.”