GFA explains Grant’s latest European tour

The communications director of Ghana Football Association, Ibrahim Sannie Daara, has shed light on Avram Grant’s recent European player monitoring exercise.

The Black Stars coach departed Accra last week with approval from the GFA, more than a month after he was summoned back to his post after overstaying a similar monitoring expedition.

“The job of the national team coach entails not only players in Ghana but also players abroad,” Daara told JoySports.

“He [Grant] made a very important submission before the GFA that the leagues in Europe are coming to an end and we have some qualifiers coming up in June, so if he continuously stays here to monitor the local league and decides to go later, it will be pointless.

“We thought that if he goes now to monitor the leagues in Europe and comes back, he would have from the time the leagues in Europe end to monitor the rest of matches here in the league, and I believe that makes sense.

“We think that the national team should consistently be invigorated with players [but] some people might say that he can watch these players on television. It’s a good suggestion but the added advantage of meeting the players and the coaches is always good.

“So from now until May he will be in Europe to see the players otherwise if he goes in June when the leagues are over, it will be pointless.”

The Black Stars return to action in June when they take on Mauritius in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

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