PORT GENTIL, GABON --- Ghana coach Avram Grant says the Black Stars final group game against Egypt at the ongoing AFCON is not a decisive one.

The Black Stars top Group D after two wins against Mali and Uganda and need only a draw to win the group and stay in Port Gentil.

Responding to questions at the team's pre-match press conference,Grant indicated that his team knew what the stakes were against a team they lost to in November.

"This is a serious game but we are not blind. We have already qualified for the quarter final and what is good for us is to win that match. The players have a winning mentality, even in training, we take it serious. It's not decisive but team Ghana likes to win every game."


Grant also admitted that the quality of the AFCON had improved two years after he led the Black Stars to a final after taking over the team for just a month.

"Its a tough competition. It was tough last time and it is still tough. In Africa the teams are closing the gaps with each other and there are no easy games. Even before the last (round of) games only two teams have qualified so its tough."


On how his team had evolved, he stated that the Black Stars now knew how to win games in competition

"At the last AFCON we tried to build a new team. They are more experienced now and they play well as you saw in the last game They now know more regarding what needs to be done to win. The players are more matured. As a team it's 60% the same and we changed a few things tactically."