Israeli Citizenship May Deprive Avram Grant of Top Job

The Ghanaian Football Association reportedly fears that Grant would be banned from travelling to several countries as coach of the national team.

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West Ham coach Avram Grant reacting during his team’s loss to Arsenal at Upton Park last night.
Avram Grant during his time as coach of West Ham.Credit: Reuters

Avram Grant's Israeli citizenship may cost him the job as coach of the Ghanaian national team, the Ghana Soccernet website reported on Wednesday.

Ex-Chelsea coach Grant, 59, has been widely touted by the Ghanaian media as front runner for the vacant Black Stars job, following what was regarded as an impressive display before the Ghana FA’s interview panel almost a fortnight ago.

But the concern is that Grant, who holds an Israeli passport, might be prevented from travelling to countries that do not provide access to Israelis – which includes most of the Arab world.

Such a liability would prevent him from doing his job effectively, it is feared.
According to Accra-based radio station Asempa FM, the Ghanaian FA is currently checking the situation, to ensure that the national team is not deprived of their coach when playing against countries that uphold a travel boycott against Israel.

The FA interviewed three out of the five shortlisted applicants for the job almost a fortnight ago and is believed to be close to naming their choice after deliberations at the Executive Committee level.

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