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Chris Hughton’s Sack Causes Internet Meltdown, Ghanaians Happy With Decision After AFCON Exit
- Ghana has sacked head coach Chris Hughton after AFCON heartbreak
- Hughton supervised one of Ghana's worst AFCON performances
- Fans took to social media to react to Hughton's departure as coach
The Ghana Football Association (GFA) swiftly acted to relieve head coach Chris Hughton of his duties following the Black Stars' failure to qualify for the knockout round of the 2023 AFCON on Monday, January 22.
Ghana was on the verge of securing a spot in the round of 16 after establishing a two-nil lead against Group B rivals Mozambique.
Ghana exit AFCON 2023
However, in a perplexing collapse within six minutes, the four-time African champions squandered their advantage, settling for a draw with the Mambas, Evening Standard reports.
This outcome left the West African giants with two points from three games, extending their winless streak at the biennial competition to six matches across two tournaments, ultimately leading to their elimination from the 34th edition.
The disappointing nature of the result, evident in the protest from some Ghanaian journalists, signalled inevitable changes, starting with head coach Chris Hughton, per ESPN.
The Ghana Football Association (GFA) in response, made the decision to part ways with the 65-year-old tactician and his backroom staff as the renowned football powerhouse enters the market for a new coach.
Following the announcement of Hughton's departure in the early hours of Tuesday, fans expressed their satisfaction with the GFA's decision to remove the former Newcastle United manager.
How fans reacted to Hughton's sack
@Qwesi31, who did not hide his joy at Chris' sack, wrote:
"Good news all day, goodnight."
Another user, @IgbaraN, who appears to agree with @Qwesi31 added:
"Very good. How do you blow a lead twice? My sympathy goes to Mohammed Kudus. He deserved better from the team."
@OriginalObeng applauded the decision to sack Hughton:
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"The best news I’ve come across today as a Ghanaian! The way to go!!"
@AMje200 suggested the ex-Brighton boss put Ghana in reverse mode:
"Took Ghana to league one level."
@codifiedloner, on the other hand, described the decision in one word:
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Chris Hughton fired as Ghana boss
Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Ghana's senior men's national team, the Black Stars, has parted ways with head coach Chris Hughton in the aftermath of the squad's unexpected exit during the group stage of the 2023 AFCON.
Hughton, who succeeded Otto Addo as Ghana's manager after the 2022 FIFA World Cup, oversaw his team's failure to secure a victory in all three of their Group B matches at the 34th edition of the AFCON.