LIBREVILLE Ghana will have to show an improvement for their second match at the African Nations Cup finals against Mali on Saturday but victory in the opening game has given them breathing space, coach Avram Grant said.
Ghana lead the Group D standings after edging Uganda with a first-half penalty in their opening game but spent much of the second half under pressure from their spirited opponents.
“We were happy with the three points but we could have played better," Grant said.
Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has indicated that Leonardo Ulloa is likely to stay at the club until the end of the season, despite British media reports that the striker had submitted a transfer request this week.
Ulloa has emerged as a target for Spanish side Alaves, but Ranieri said he was keen to keep the striker as he looks to steer the defending champions away from the relegation zone.
"I feel Ulloa will stay with Leicester for the rest of the season. Both parties are still talking," Ranieri told a news conference on Friday.
LONDON West Ham United's Sofiane Feghouli says his team know there is still plenty of room for improvement as they prepare for a trip to Middlesbrough in the Premier League on Saturday after a morale-boosting win last weekend.
Midfielder Feghouli scored his first Premier League goal for the club in last week's 3-0 win over Crystal Palace which lifted them into 12th spot and helped to banish fears they could get dragged into a relegation battle.
MADRID Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane dismissed criticism of his side's talisman Cristiano Ronaldo on Friday following a dip in form that has coincided with Real losing two consecutive games after setting a Spanish record unbeaten run of 40 games.
Ronaldo struggled to influence Real's 2-1 home defeat at by Celta Vigo in the King's Cup on Wednesday and the 2-1 reverse to Sevilla last Sunday that cut their lead at the top of La Liga to a point, although he did convert a penalty.