Ghana coach Avram Grant has expressed remorse for using an ‘offensive language’, while hitting back at locals who chastise him for ‘neglecting’ the domestic league.
In his post match presser after defeating Mozambique 3-1 in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers last week, the 61-year-old Israeli invited Ghanaians to focus on football and not the ‘bullsh**t’, in reference to criticisms of his frequent absence from the country.
Those comments sparked anger within the Ghana FA, with the local media calling on the Black Stars coach to apologise to the nation.
In a statement released by Ghana FA Communication Division, Grant said he had withdrawn the ‘offensive word’, expressing his love and respect for Ghanaians.
“First, I withdraw this word [bulls**t]. The thing I would like to say is that I love Ghana and I respect Ghanaians. I care about the Ghanaian team,” Grant said.
“What I wanted to say is we need everybody not to focus on the unnecessary things, but only to focus on the most important thing. That our leaders can make the change which can take us forward and not about negative things,” he added.
Grant joined Ghana in December 2014, guiding the Black Stars to the final of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, losing on penalties to Cote d’Ivoire.
He is close to qualifying the team to the upcoming edition after topping Group H with 10 points, four above second-placed and third-placed Rwanda and Mauritania, on six points each.
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