World Cup 2018 qualifiers: Ghana will make it – Avram Grant

Ghana coach Avram Grant is optimistic that his team will sail through in the upcoming 2018 Fifa World Cup qualifiers.

The Black Stars will face Comoros or Lesotho in the second round of the qualifiers following Saturday’s draw in St Petersburg, Russia.

“It will be difficult but we have a good team,” Grant told

Fifty-three African countries were in the draw, with only Zimbabwe missing, following their expulsion by Fifa for failing to pay a former coach.

Africa has been allocated five spots in the finals, which will be played in Russia from June 14 to July 15, 2018.

“I think the system for Africa is a little bit new to me. We know only the first game and then we know we will go to the group stages,” the Israeli coach said.

There will be three rounds of qualifying in the African zone.

“In any case, I think in Africa, all the group stages will be very difficult because it contains a lot of good teams and only less than 10% have qualified. If you compare to South America, 50% of the teams have qualified; in Europe, I think over 30 (%),” Grant added.

Ghana will seek to clinch their fourth qualification in a roll after making their debut appearance in the 2006 edition in Germany, before the South Africa 2010 and Brazil 2014.