Avram Grant Urges Players To Prove Worth Against Canada

The four-time African champions would face Benito Floro’s men without several first team players. Ghana coach Avram Grant says Tuesday’s friendly with Canada is a chance for fringe players to fight for their places in the team. The Black Stars are set to take on the Canucks at the RFK Stadium in Washington DC as part of preparations for the 2018 Fifa World Cup qualifiers in November. However, the team has been plagued by a series of player withdrawals due to a variety of issues. “It’s a friendly game but we couldn’t get our full squad here due to various reasons,” Grant told reporters at the pre-match presser. “However, there are a lot of Ghanaian footballers around the world so am giving these players an opportunity to show their talent and to prove that they deserve a place in the national team.” The team will be without captain Asamoah Gyan, Andre Ayew, Christian Atsu, Baba Rahman, Daniel Amartey, Jonathan Mensah, Richmond Boakye-Yiadom, fit-again Kwadwo Asamoah and returnee goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey for Tuesday’s encounter. On Ghana’s choice of opponents for the game, Grant spoke on the importance of playing the 101st Fifa ranked side. “Football has developed very well in Canada,” the Israeli added. “I was at a game between Toronto FC and Chicago Fire last week. “It was a good game and the football has developed a lot since 20 years ago when I first watched a football game there.” The Black Stars will face the winner of the Lesotho-Comoros second round qualifying encounter in November over two legs to determine who progresses to the next round.