Le Roy tries to take pressure off Ghana's strikers

January 21, 2008

ACCRA, Jan 21 (Reuters) - Ghana coach Claude Le Roy is not worried about his side's lack of strike power and said on Monday he would only continue in his job if the African Nations Cup hosts win the tournament.

The Black Stars, whose strength lies in midfield, are notoriously short of fire power and went into the competition without a recognised striker.

Junior Agogo, who plays for Nottingham Forest in England's League One (third division), led the attack in Sunday's opening 2-1 win over Guinea in Group A.

'Our team is not a sandwich divided into different parts,' Le Roy told reporters. 'I don't want to divide into goalkeeper, defence, midfield and attack. It's a single team, a unit.

'I don't think there is a problem with the strikers. We have a very attacking team with two midfielders who look to attack.'

The Frenchman played down the absence of captain Stephen Appiah, out of the tournament with a knee injury.

'It's a pity Stephen isn't here, he was the leader and he held a big influence over the team but we can't keep talking about him all the time,' he said.

Le Roy admitted he would only stay on if four-times champions Ghana won the tournament.

'If we lose the championship, I know I will be free to look for another job. I hope I can stay but I know that in this game you're either hero or zero.'