Outgoing Ghana coach Avram Grant has defended his squad selection to the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon).
The former Chelsea coach failed to meet his target of winning the ultimate as his side had their title charge ending in the semifinal of the competition held in Gabon.
Speaking on Starr Chat with Bola Ray Wednesday, Grant said the only big player that should have made the party was Juventus midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah.
“My selection was good except Kwadwo Asamoah that didn’t want to come,” he stated.
“There was not even one star that was outside even though we took young players because I think we need to also think about the future. We did a good squad. This squad secured our quarterfinal after two games and even won the quarterfinal.
Grant went on: “Even in the semifinal they played well; we had some problems – the injury to Baba Rahman and the injury of Gyan Asamoah. We never know what could happen but we missed them. It is not easy for the national team to replace players of this caliber.
“This is a squad for many years to come. Of course, there is also a new generation and part of it was with us in Accra. They didn’t come with us because of a lack of experience.”
Ghana suffered a 2-0 defeat to Cameroon in the semifinal of the 2017 Afcon, one which ended their charge to break a 35-year trophy wait.
Avram Grant officially leaves his job at the end of February with a record of 14 wins, 7 defeats and 8 drawn games in his 27-month stint as Black Stars coach.