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2014 World Cup: Ex-Chelsea boss Avram Grant tips Ghana to excel in Brazil

"Former Chelsea manager Avram Grant believes Ghana alongside four other ‘African teams’ have a better chance of excelling at the 2014 World Cup due to the climate."

Source: GHANAsoccernet

Posted on : Mon 14 Apr 2014

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Former Chelsea manager Avram Grant believes Ghana alongside four other ‘African teams’ have a better chance of excelling at the 2014 World Cup due to the climate.

Four-time African champions Ghana, Nigeria and Cote D’voire are highly regarded as the continent’s real chance of winning the Cup for the first time.

There are also Cameroon and Algeria who could pull a massive surprise during the global showpiece in Brazil.

Grant, who boasts of managing three English Premier League sides, says the quintet must possess a strong mental strength to surpass their previous records in the quadrennial football showpiece.

“I certainly believe African teams will excel at this summer’s World Cup in Brazil. I strongly believe that Ivory Coast, Ghana and Nigeria might even go further than the quarter final stage if their mental strength is excellent.It will be a good testimony for African football,” Grant told Cafonline.com.

“One advantage that the African teams have in Brazil is that it is going to be warm. European teams have never won the World Cup in South America, so it will be a great opportunity for the African teams to do well because of the circumstances they have to play in.

“An African team will be champions of the world one day. I even don’t understand why Africa can’t win the World Cup because when compared to other countries, Africa has got excellent talents.”

He further said the predicament African teams face at the football showpiece is their lack of strong mental strength.

“The only problem I have seen with African teams is the fact that they lose games they can win in crucial moments.

“However, this can be improved because the problem is lack of a strong mental strength but it can be fixed.

“When Italy won the World Cup in 2006, they had no good talented players more than Africa with all due respect.

“ At that time, Italy was not better than the leading countries in Africa but they have something that is lacking here in Africa and it’s more to do with the mental strength and this can be taught by employing the best people to teach it,” he concluded.

Cameroon, Senegal and Ghana are the African teams to have gone farthest at the World Cup reaching the quarter finals of the 1990 (Italy) , 2002 (South Korea/Japan) and 2010 (South Africa) editions respectively

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