Afcon 2015: Asamoah Gyan says Ghana 'can take on anyone'

Asamoah Gyan
Asamoah Gyan is Ghana's all-time leading goalscorer

Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan said his side would not fear anyone after reaching the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations.

Ghana went through after beating South Africa 2-1 and will meet the Group D runners-up in the quarter-finals on Sunday evening.

"With this team we can take on anyone in this competition," he said.

Algeria qualified as Group C runners-up and coach Christian Gourcuff said: "It was not easy to get out of this group."

Gyan scored Ghana's late winner in their second game against Algeria which ultimately helped them finish top of the table on head-to-head record.

He added: "I have played at five cups of nations, but this group was the hardest.

Avram Grant
Avram Grant took charge of Ghana in November 2014

"We were very strong mentally, even after conceding the first goal. We kept believing and fought to the end knowing that we could win."

Ghana manager Avram Grant said: "We deserve it because South Africa were not better than us.

"We have finished first in the group of death, which is not bad. After losing the first match we showed great attitude in the second and continued along the same lines today.

"We started the match very well with two or three good chances. We had the match in our hands. I am very happy that the players showed, just as in their last match, a good spirit and good attitude."

Gourcuff said that Algeria's 2-0 victory over Senegal had been hard-earned by his players.

Christian Gourcuff
Christian Gourcuff is in charge at the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time

"It was an excessively difficult game physically," he said. "The ball was almost always in the air, which is not an advantage for us.

"We needed lots of discipline tactically and our technique and speed on the break helped us win.

"We are two completely different teams in terms of our approach. We have lots of small technical players and Senegal are more direct and physical.

"But our technical quality shone through on the counter-attack in particular."

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