Ghana coach Avram Grant insists his team’s steady progress at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations is not solely based on football and tactics.
The Black Stars recovered from a disastrous start to revive their campaign in Equatorial Guinea.
Ghana won two games – against Algeria and South Africa – to win Group C having lost their opening group match against Senegal.
The team has been hailed by many for their gradual but significant improvement under the Israeli trainer.
But the former Chelsea boss says the progress of his team is not only down to the impressive football played and adherence of tactics but also the spirit and character of his players.
“We finished from a difficult group not only because of tactics but also the spirit of the players and their character,” he said.
“Tactics is part of the game, it is very important but there are other things.
“We finished first in a difficult group not only because of football and tactics.
“I am very impressed with the team not just for the football they’ve played. The spirit is good.”
Ghana’s steady rise faces a stern challenge on Sunday when they come up against Guinea in the quarterfinal clash in Malabo.
The Syli National have also been hailed for their impressive football display in the tournament which saw them qualify from a tough group albeit aided by a CAF draw.