Dedication was key in Ghana's victory - LeRoy


LeRoy says the players’ dedication made the difference in the game, which the Stars dominated for the entire duration.

“The dedication of the team was 100 percent today and that was telling in our performance.”

The French trainer added that the team worked hard tactically for the game and was thankful his charges executed to perfection, their plot to devour the Moroccans.

“The players’ application of our plan was exact and I must congratulate them for that.”

Le Roy underlines the team's performance as the best ever since he assumed the reins of the team a year ago.

He said the Black Stars came into the game with the mentality to win instead of pushing for a draw that could have still qualified them to the last eight.

“It is not our style to go for only a point when we can as well fight for all three.

“We didn’t want to take chances and wait for another result to know we have qualified; so we took our destiny into our hands and the boys’ reaction was apt.”

Meanwhile, Ghana skipper Michael Essien believes their best is yet to come after the Black Stars beat Morocco 2-0 yesterday.

The midfielder, who put in an outstanding Man-of-the Match performance by scoring one goal and making the other, says the team is improving with every game.

“We get better after every game. If we keep improving in our subsequent games, we will have a great chance of winning,” Essien says.

Ghana’s opponent in the quarterfinal could be Ivory Coast, Mali or Nigeria and while the preference among most Ghanaians is for the Black Stars to avoid the Elephants, Essien says the players fear no one.

“We are ready for anyone. To be honest I don’t care who we play,” he insists.

Striker Junior Agogo said the players had responded to criticism of the side in the game against Namibia in the best possible way and, like Essien, is confident the Black Stars will be up to the challenge regardless of whoever they come up against in the quarterfinals.

“I just say bring them on. With our mood and confidence we fear no-one. We were really up for it today and you could see from the reaction of the fans that they thoroughly enjoyed it. Accra will party throughout the night that I am very sure of.”

Essien was also voted for the second successive time as the MTN Most Valuable Player at the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations.

This was his second MVP prize and a third award at the tournament after winning the same award on Thursday when Ghana played Namibia.

He first won the Samsung Fair-Play award, which he picked up after Ghana’s opening day game against Guinea.

This is award is given to the overall best player of the game.