Chris Hughton: Ghana Coach Sacked After AFCON 2023 Group Stage Exit with Black Stars

Chris Hughton: Ghana Coach Sacked After AFCON 2023 Group Stage Exit with Black Stars

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • Chris Hughton has been relieved of his duties as Ghana's head coach
  • He was sacked after the Black Stars crashed out of the 2023 AFCON
  • In his 13 games in charge, Hughton could only muster four victories

Chris Hughton, the head coach of Ghana's men's national team, has been dismissed following the country's group-stage elimination from the ongoing 2023 TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations.

Hughton took over at the Black Stars from Otto Addo after the 2022 FIFA World Cup but saw his team fail to secure a victory in all three of their Group B matches at the 34th edition of the AFCON.

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Ghana coach, Chris Hughton has been axed as head coach after his side were eliminated from the 2023 AFCON. Photo credit: @GhanaBlackstars.
Source: Twitter

The former Newcastle United and Brighton and Hove Albion trainer's tenure as head coach of the West Africans was marked by criticism, mainly due to the team's poor results.

The Black Stars' inability to sustain their focus and the coach's lack of in-game management contributed to conceding six goals in three games during the continental competition.

Adding to the disappointment, the four-time African champions, who were on the brink of qualification with six minutes remaining in their final game against Mozambique, surrendered a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 per the BBC.

Ghana sacks Chris Hughton

In a statement released on the GFA's official website on the back of Monday night's draw, the football governing body expressed gratitude to the 65-year-old for his services and indicated that information regarding Hughton's replacement would be communicated at a later date.

"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] will, in the coming days, provide a roadmap on the future direction of the Black Stars."

Ghana star disagrees with Chris Hughton

Sports Brief also previously reported that Ghanaian midfielder, Joseph Paintsil was spotted disagreeing with Hughton after the disappointing conclusion to their AFCON clash against Mozambique on January 22.

The now-axed coach substituted Paintsil right after half-time, introducing captain, Andre Ayew. When asked about that decision, the former Brighton manager stated the Genk midfielder appeared 'fatigued'.

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Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe is a Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and La Liga editor with five-year experience. He previously worked with Sports Corna and 360SportsGH.