Chris Hughton: Joseph Paintsil Disagrees with Ghana Coach After Black Stars' AFCON 2023 Shambles

Chris Hughton: Joseph Paintsil Disagrees with Ghana Coach After Black Stars' AFCON 2023 Shambles

Martin Moses
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • Joseph Paintsil has disagreed with his Ghana boss after their draw with Mozambique
  • The draw put a severe dent in the Black Stars' hopes of qualifying for the Round of 16
  • Paintsil won the first penalty that Jordan Ayew converted before he was subbed out

Ghana midfielder, Joseph Paintsil was at odds with national coach, Chris Hughton following the disastrous end to their 2023 Africa Cup of Nations clash against Mozambique on January 22.

The Black Stars threw away a 2-0 lead in stoppage time to leave their chances of progression to the knockout stages in dire jeopardy.

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Ghana head coach, Chris Hughton speaks to Andre Ayew during their AFCON 2023 match against Mozambique on January 22. Photo by Issouf Sanogo.
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Ghana headed into the game requiring nothing short of a win and the result in the game against Cape Verde and Egypt to go their way. The four-time African champions were yet to win at this year's edition following a loss to Cape Verde and a draw to the Pharaohs.

Jordan Ayew scored two penalties on either side of the half. With Cape Verde frustrating Egypt in the other game, the result was enough for the West Africans to go through as runners-up.

However, the Mambas stung back, pulling one back from the spot. A mix-up from Black Stars goalkeeper, Richard Ofori then allowed Reinildo Mandava to equalise right at the end.

Why Hughton took off Paintsil

Hughton took off Paintsil immediately after half-time, bringing on captain, Andre Ayew. When quizzed about the decision, the former Brighton manager said the Genk midfielder looked fatigued.

Paintsil seemed to deny the comments from his national coach by stating, 'What fatigue?' as seen in a video captured by 3SportsGH.

Hughton's future as head coach now hangs in the balance as Ghana awaits the conclusion of other games. They will need a miracle to squeeze through as one of the best third-placed teams.

Violence in Abidjan after Ivory Coast AFCON loss

Sports Brief has also reported on disturbing scenes of violence in Abidjan following Ivory Coast's heavy defeat to Equatorial Guinea.

The host nation needed a result against the minnows to qualify for the next round but instead suffered one of their heaviest defeats.

Irate fans then lit fires on the streets and vehicles were vandalised, with law enforcement having a hard time dealing with the situation.

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Martin Moses is a sports journalist with over five years of experience in media. He graduated from Multimedia University of Kenya (Bachelor of Journalism, 2017-2021)