Ghana Sacks Coach Chris Hughton After Africa Cup of Nations Exit

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Ghana has parted ways with coach Chris Hughton following their disappointing exit from the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations. The Black Stars, finishing with two points in Group B, faced draws with Egypt and Mozambique, along with a 2-1 defeat by Cape Verde in their opening match.

Despite distant hopes of advancing as one of the best-ranked third-placed teams, Ghana’s elimination was confirmed on Tuesday when results did not favor them. Hughton, appointed as head coach in February of the previous year, faced the consequences of the team’s underwhelming performance.

The Ghana Football Association (GFA) released a statement stating that Hughton was relieved of his duties, and the technical team of the Black Stars was dissolved. The GFA promised to provide a roadmap for the future direction of the national team in the coming days.

Hughton, a former manager of Newcastle United and Brighton, had taken on the role of technical adviser in February 2022. He replaced Otto Addo after the 2022 World Cup, where Ghana finished at the bottom of their group.

The decision comes after a fan’s “verbal altercation” with Hughton following the team’s unexpected loss to Cape Verde. Despite early promise in the group stage, Ghana’s hopes were dashed when Mozambique secured a late draw.

Ghana’s recent struggles include exits in the 2021 Afcon finals and the 2022 World Cup, reflecting a need for a new direction for the Black Stars.

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