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Ghana coach: Assessing new players was very important
Coach of Black Stars Avram Grant says the performances of four debutants who played against Canada in an international friendly have given him a lot of things to think about.

Even though he could not assure them of regular call ups, he was of the view that the debutants made good use of their short stay in the Black Stars camp.

“I cannot tell you after this game if we will use them or not, but it gave me a lot of things to think about because they used the opportunity – not only in the game, we saw them in four trainings. It was important to see them up close”, Grant noted.

He also indicated his readiness to cast his net wide.

“We will continue to check players, because as you know, Ghanaian players are all over the world, playing I think on every continent that you can name. A few of them are playing here in the MLS, so it was an opportunity for us, because we played here”.

The Black Stars and their Canadian counterparts settled for a 1-1 draw in an international friendly played at the RFK Stadium in Washington.

The Canadians were first to draw blood when defender Marcel de Jong opened the scoring after 29 minutes.

Ghana winger Albert Adomah cancelled the lead after 44 minutes as both sides shuffled their cards in the second half to try other fringe players.

Both Canada and Ghana used the game to prepare for upcoming World Cup qualifiers. Avram Grant was able to assess debutants Lloyd Sam, Phil Ofosu-Ayeh, Kwadwo Poku and Gideon Baah, albeit, that was not enough.

Lloyd Sam at the age of 31 made his Black stars debut after replacing Albert Adomah. Ofosu Ayeh will be hoping for more call ups just like Gideon Baah and Kwadwo Poku who made good use of the few playing minutes granted them.

Poku who has always dreamed of such an opportunity told MLSsoccer.com he was happy to have played for Ghana.

“It feels good. It was my first time in the team and playing with these guys is different – although I'm from there, it's really different playing with guys you've never played with”.
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