The Ghana Football Association (GFA) yesterday officially unveiled 63-year-old half Ghanaian, Chris Hughton as the new head coach of the Senior National team, the Black Stars.
The former Newcastle United, Birmingham City, Tottenham and Nottingham Forest manager, who also had a stint with Norwich City and Brighton & Hove Albion, was formally appointed in early February this year.
His one year nine months’ contract, which was officially signed in February 2023, would be expected to end in December 2024.
His appointment followed the exit of former coach Otto Addo who voluntarily left the position after he guided the Stars to a poor show at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar last year.
Though he was part of the technical team that led the team in Qatar to display what many Ghanaians described as unimpressive, Mr Hughton has promised Ghanaians that he would build a winsome and fearsome Black Stars, which would play good and attacking football.
Chris Hughton’s immediate task is to use his rich experience to surmount an eminent threat from the Palancas Negras of Angola. He has to overcome the Angolans in a double header for the 2023 AFCON.
At his unveiling, Chris Hughton said he was gratified to represent the national team of the land of this father, as the head coach of the Black Stars, saying “To represent Ghana and the Black Stars as the head coach is something I am proud of”.
The official unveiling took place at the plush SG Mall in Kumasi, in the Ashanti Region, where the Stars would play their first match under new coach Chris Hughton, against the Palancas Nagras in 2023 AFCON qualifier
The unveiling was attended by some key industry players in football circles, particularly sports journalists who took turns to ask the new coach piercing questions, which ranged from tactics to formation and to roles he intends to assign players in the team.