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23.11.2007 General News

Our Character Well Stretched For The Future - Coach

By GNA
Ghana's Black Stars trainer, Coach Claude Le Roy has said that the character of the team has been well stretched for future duels.
    
The Stars last Wednesday recovered from a 2-0 deficit to beat Benin 4-2 in the finals of the Zenith Four Nation Tourney at the Ohene Djan Stadium Accra, in a manner the trainer claimed depicted their true and real character.
   
Coach Le Roy told GNA Sports 'our character was stretched to the limit and our fight back has solidified our confidence for future engagements.  'We have become more aware of what we can do and we will not be afraid to be trailing in future because we know we can do it again.'
    
Three great individual brilliant efforts by Laryea Kingston inspired the Ghanaians to snatch the game from their West African neighbours who defeated the United Arab Emirate (UAE) 1-0 to reach the finals.
   
The Frenchman, however, reckons that the level of opposition received from Benin might differ from that of the Stars Group A mates of Guinea, Morocco and Namibia during the 26th African Cup of Nations, which beckons Ghana in 2008.
    
'We expect to meet better and tougher teams than Benin but it was important for our confidence that we won. 'Playing at home is always a tough thing to do and to overcome a side like Benin whilst we were down has boosted our confidence for the Ghana 2008.'
     
Le Roy will camp his team 14 days to the commencement of the biennial showpiece in Accra on January 20 and said the Stars will be ready for the continental party.
    
The coach plans to invite 25 players for the camping to be sited in the commercial capital of the UAE, Dubai. 'Selecting the final team is always the most difficult part of my job. 'It is always tough to look into the eyes of the players to tell them you are not part of the team and for that reason, I only want to invite just a few players before selecting my final 23.'

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