Ghana’s squad one of the best in Africa – Xavier

Mozambique coach Abel Xavier has suggested that Sunday’s draw with Ghana in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers was a good result after indicating that his side played against one of the best teams on the continent.

The Mambas held the Black Stars to a goalless stalemate at the Estadio do Zimpeto in Maputo, having lost 3-1 in the away fixture in Accra three days earlier.

The 100th ranked side are currently rock-bottom on the group standings with a point after four rounds of matches.

“Ghana’s squad is one of the best in Africa,” Xavier said.

“The squad is amazing in terms of numbers, solutions and experience.

“I think they can go far. It is not easy to play against such a team. We lost the first leg [in Accra on Thursday] and wanted to redeem ourselves in front of our fans but it was very difficult.

“We will try and improve in our next two games.”

The Mambas will travel away to Rwanda in their next tie in June, before hosting Mauritius three months later in the last group fixture.

Xavier was appointed coach of Mozambique in February on a two-year deal.

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