Le Roy praises Ghana's Muntari

The Ghana manager is happy with his team's progress amid home crowd pressure.

    Sulley Muntari, left, secured Ghana all three points in their opening match against Guinea [AFP]

    Le Roy had positive news over Muntari's teammate, West Ham right back John Paintsil, who had to be stretchered off at the end of the match after losing consciousness following a a first half knock to the head.
     

    " ...Ghana are prone to playing a big game against teams like Brazil and then under rating other sides."

    Claude Le Roy,
    Ghana manager

    "John's fine, he trained normally yesterday, and should be ok for Thursday.
     
    "The only thing we might do is fly him to Lome for an MRI scan as the scanning equipment here in Accra is broken."
     
    Namibia endured a baptism of fire in their opening Group A tie against Morocco, falling 2-0 behind in the first five minutes and eventually losing 5-1.
     
    Despite the Brave Warriors' poor showing, Le Roy was wary of any complacency seeping in to his team.
     
    "They had three of their first team players missing due to suspension for their first match, so it'll be completely different against us," the Ghana coach said.
     
    "And Ghana are prone to playing a big game against teams like Brazil and then under rating other sides."
     
    Namibia hope to improve
     
    However Le Roy, who won the African title with Cameroon in 1988, said he was thrilled with the way his side were performing under the pressure of being hosts.
     

    "I told my players they were like schoolboys against professionals in the first five minutes."

    Arie Schans,
    Namibia manager

    "I've been really impressed with the side, they're very strong in spirit and there's a good balance in the team."
     
    Arie Schans, Namibia coach, is expecting a much improved showing from his men after Monday's thrashing by Morocco.
     
    "I told my players they were like schoolboys against professionals in the first five minutes," said the Dutchman, who was only in charge of his third game after answering an SOS from the Namibian Football Federation following the death of manager Ben Bamfuchile in December.
     
    "Hopefully we used up our bad points against Morocco and will play better against Ghana. The Morocco game was good experience for us," Schans added.
     
    "Don't forget Namibia were very proud to have qualified.
     
    "We're here for the Cup and also to gain experience for the future, for qualifying for the 2010 World Cup."
     
    Morocco face Guinea in the other Group A clash in Accra on Thursday.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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