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Ghana sack Chris Hughton as head coach after AFCON exit

Ghana have sacked Chris Hughton as their head coach after being knocked out of the Africa Cup of Nations.

Hughton’s side failed to win any of their three group-stage matches at the Africa Cup of Nations, picking up just two points and finishing third in Group B.

Despite Monday’s 202 draw against Mozambique, where they conceded twice in added time, Ghana had a chance of qualifying for the last 16 as one of the best third-placed teams.

But Cameroon’s 3-2 win over The Gambia earlier on Tuesday then saw four-time AFCON champions Ghana knocked out.

“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,” a GFA statement late on Tuesday read.

“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.”

Ghana captain Andre Ayew has now seen his side knocked out at the group stage in successive AFCONs (Issouf SanogoAFP via Getty Images)

Ghana’s opening day defeat against Cape Verde was followed by successive 2-2 draws against Egypt and Mozambique, the latter match seeing Hughton’s team concede twice in stoppage time to be denied qualification.

“Things are very raw right now,” the 65-year-old said after the Mozambique draw. “There is a commotion outside. It’s an angry place at the moment,

“But when you are unable to see game through, it becomes very difficult. Our performances have not been good. We played three games, conceded two goals in each game and have ourselves in a difficult situation.”

Hughton initially joined the Ghanaian FA in February 2022 and worked alongside head coach Otto Addo, with the team eliminating Nigeria in their World Cup qualification playoff match.

Addo’s side were eliminated from the group stage in Qatar despite a win over South Korea, with defeats to Portugal and Uruguay sealing their elimination.

Hughton was caretaker manager with Tottenham Hotspur on two occasions before taking his first permanent managerial role in 2009-10 at Newcastle United. He has since gone on to have spells at Birmingham City, Norwich City, Brighton and Nottingham Forest.

Hughton was dismissed as Forest boss in September 2021 after picking up just one point from their opening seven matches of the season before the club appointed Steve Cooper at the City Ground.

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