Before the match against Ghana, “I spoke to Soufiane Boufal, I told him that it is you who will deliver us”, said on Monday, the national coach, Vahid Halilhodžić.
During the post-match press conference against the Blacks Stars for the first day of group C of the 33rd African Cup of Nations CAN-2021, which takes place in Cameroon, the national coach stressed that 5 to 6 players were missing in this game, adding that he tried to “empower his Neymar” and put forward all his talent to make the difference.
“I said to myself that we will win (1-0) thanks to a set piece. The result is there, but the manner is different,” he said, noting that it was a very good performance and that he was proud of his men.
On the placement of Mmaee in place of Amrabet in midfield, Vahid Halilhodžić said that “it is a performance choice, but also tactical given that the Ghanaians play up front to look for the Ayew brothers”.