Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan has lauded Zambia for their style of play despite beating the Chipolopolo 2-1 last Friday in a crucial World Cup qualifier.
The Al Ain striker passed a late fitness test to play 80 minutes as the Black Stars qualified to the final qualifying round.
But victory did not come on the cheap for the 2010 World Cup quarter-finalists who were pressured by the Zambians.
Gyan, who was marked out by centre-back pair Hichani Himonde and Stoppila Sunzu, admitted Herve Renard’s side were not easy to break down.
“Today was a difficult game. The Zambians were well prepared, they played as a team. I will like to congratulate them,” Gyan said.
“But with our mentality that we have and the quality of the players, we were more calm today (Friday), we knew we could win this game and at the end of the day we won by two goals to one.
“I will like to congratulate the team they really fought today despite the Zambians they were trying to play some good football but we really fought to the end.
“A win is good for Ghanaians and so we very happy for this win.”
Watch Asamoah Gyan’s post-match interview after Ghana’s 2-1 win over Zambia: