The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has announced that Chris Hughton, the head coach of the Black Stars, has been fired from his position.
After the Black Stars humiliatingly lost all three of their group matches and were eliminated from AFCON 2023, a decision was made.
Four hours after it was made public that Ghana had withdrawn early from the competition in Ivory Coast, the GFA issued a statement announcing the disbandment of the technical team.
The FA announced that it will, “provide a roadmap on the future of the Black Stars” in the upcoming days.
Following Otto Addo’s appointment in February 2023, Hughton assumed his position. After the 2022 World Cup, Addo’s contract with the men’s senior national team expired.
He oversaw the start of the Stars’ 2026 World Cup qualifying campaign in addition to leading the team to the competition in Ivory Coast and overseeing the remaining Ghanaian qualifiers for AFCON 2023.
Before becoming head coach of the Black Stars, Hughton was chosen as their technical advisor. Prior to the team’s two-leg playoff match against Nigeria for the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, he held this position during the Qatar tournament.
Hughton coached the Black Stars for 13 games, going 4–5 in wins, 5–5 in draws, and 4–4 in losses.
In nine competitive games, Chris Hughton’s team ended with three wins, two losses, and four ties.
Aside from the outcomes, the Black Stars’ play under the former manager of Nottingham Forest, Brighton, and Newcastle has come under fire, which has contributed to the team’s appalling performance at AFCON 2023.
His choices and management of the games have often been questioned by supporters and pundits.
After drawing with Mozambique and Egypt and losing to Cape Verde in the opening game, Ghana was eliminated from the AFCON for the second year in a row at the group stage.
Hughton accepted responsibility for the Ivory Coast’s poor performance.
The statement read: “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 Ghana Football Association will in the coming days provide a roadmap on the future direction of the Black Stars.”