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Chris Hughton Disappointed With Black Stars Performance in Draw Against Madagascar
- Chris Hughton has reacted to Ghana's draw against Madagascar
- The Black Stars will play the Central African Republic next
- The four-time African champions need at least a point to confirm their AFCON 2023 spot
Ghana coach, Chris Hughton has expressed frustrations following the Black Stars' disappointing performance against Madagascar in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
The four-time African champions failed to secure early qualification and will have to wait until the final game in Group E to confirm their participation at the tournament in Ivory Coast next year.
The Black Stars will host the Central African Republic in September with the hopes of securing one of the spots for AFCON 2023.
"Yes, we are very disappointed. We came with an attitude and mindset to win but to win a football match you need to score goals. We found it difficult today. The pitch is difficult, it’s an uneven pitch but it’s the same for both teams and we needed to be forceful in the key areas to create more opportunities to score, so the fact that we didn’t score is the most disappointing thing," Hughton said after the game, as quoted by Ghanafa.org.
Ghana sit top of Group E, but only two points separate the Black Stars and the Central African Republic in third place, as reported by ESPN.
"Our strategy for the next match is to win. We are playing at home. We know we have to get the result and obviously it’s a game we know the consequences if we don’t win. From here, we have a break. The players will have to go back to their clubs and they will start preseason and we will be ready for the game in September," he added.
"We have some players missing today so hopefully those players will be available in September. We will be going into another difficult game against Central African Republic and we have to win."
The Black Stars have not won the Africa Cup of Nations since 1982.
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Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Ghana's Africa Cup of Nations qualification has been pushed until the final day following a goalless draw in Antananarivo against Madagascar.
The Black Stars maintain their place at the top of Group E, but will have to beat the Central African Republic to confirm their place in the tournament next year.
Only two points separate the top three sides in the group, which means any of Ghana, Angola, and the CAR can qualify for Ivory Coast 2023.