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Ghana: Chris Hughton dismissed less than a year after picking Black Stars job

by Lesley Ngwa
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  • Chris Hughton lasted less than a year as head coach of the Black Stars of Ghana
  • The GFA statement also states the entire technical staff has been dissolved
  • Ghana will get a new coach to continue the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers from June 

Chris Hughton has been sacked from his role as the head coach of Ghana following the country’s dismal performance and early exit from the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Côte D’Ivoire.

The Ghana football association announced on Tuesday January 23 that they have decided to dismiss the 65-year-old former Newcastle United gaffer and dissolve the entire technical staff.

The Black Stars finished third in group B after a 2-2 draw against Mozambique last Monday and any hopes of qualifying for the last 16 as one of the four best third-placed finishers ended on Tuesday with results in Groups C and D.

In a release confirming firm reactions of the country’s football governing revealed they will communicate about the way forward.

“The Ghana Football Association wishes to announce that Chris Hughton has been relieved of his duties as head coach of the senior national team with immediate effect. The executive council has also taken a decision to dissolve the technical team of the Black Stars,” the GFA statement revealed.

“The Ghana Football Association will in the coming days provide a road map on the future direction of the Black Stars,” it added.

Hughton, whose father is of Ghanaian descent had taken over as coach in March, having earlier served as technical adviser to the Otto Addo led Black Stars team at the World Cup in Qatar.

Hughton endured a torrid time in the Black Stars dugout as he won four of his 13 matches in charge and loss to Comoros Islands in the AFCON qualifiers amongst other results which didn’t help his case.

At the Cup of Nations, they lost their opening game to the Cape Verde Islands, after which an angry fan tried to attack him, and then drew with Egypt and Mozambique for a paltry two-point haul.

Amir Abdou of Mauritania, Pedro Goncalves and Namibia’s Benjamin Collin have all been linked to the vacant job.

Tom Saintfiet and Djamel Belmadi of The Gambia and Algeria respectively are the other two coaches that have lost their job since the end of their AFCON tournament.

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