Chris Hughton has been appointed as the new Black Stars coach, replacing Otto Addo, who left after the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 tournament. He will be in charge until December 31, 2024.
Following successful discussions with the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Ghana Football Association, the former Brighton & Hove Albion and Newcastle United manager has been in control of the squad since February 2023.
Details of his contract and other pertinent information were revealed at the event, which took place at the SG Mall in Ayigya, Kumasi.
Hughton is expected to turn Ghana’s fortunes around due to his credentials as an elite coach and familiarity with the players and environment. His appointment as a key member of the team’s technical department was strategic to ensure a smooth transition and continuity, and his 25-man squad for the AFCON double-header with the Palancas Negras reflected this philosophy to build on the gains of the Otto Addo era, with the majority of the players having also worked with the highly respected head coach.
His technical team
He still keeps all the technical personnel of the Black Stars including the two assistant coaches and Richard Kingson “Olele” as goalkeepers trainer.
All eyes will be on Ghana’s 2024 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Angola on Thursday, 23rd March at the Baba Yara Stadium, where the coach will be heading the squad for the first time.
Ghana and Angola have the same number of points in Group E, with the Black Stars topping the group on goal difference after a 3-0 win over Madagascar and a 1-1 tie with Central African Republic in June last year.
In the first qualifier, Angola defeated Central African Republic 2-1 and held Madagascar to a 1-1 tie.
Both the Central African Republic (third position) and Madagascar (fourth place) have one point apiece and will face off in back-to-back qualifiers on March 23 and 27.
We wish him the best of luck with the stars.