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AFCON 2023 QUALIFIER: Ghana coach Chris Hughton disappointed with Madagascar draw

The former Newcastle manager has revealed his disappointment after the game, shifting focus on to the final group game with Central African Republic

Following the goalless stalemate with the Barea of Madagascar on Sunday, Ghana coach Chris Hughton expressed his disappointment over the game.

The Barea of Madagascar held the black Stars of Ghana to a goalless encounter at the Municipal Stadium in Barea in their penultimate clash of the 2023 AFCON qualifier.

The former Newcastle manager has revealed his disappointment after the game, shifting focus on to the final group game with Central African Republic.

The Black Stars needed to win to advance to the Ivory Coast, but they underwhelmed, ending in a scoreless draw and placing them in a position where they must win the final match to advance.

Hughton emphasized his unhappiness over the team’s inability to score a goal in his post-game interview. The Black Stars had trouble scoring despite having a winning attitude going into the game.

“We are very disappointed. We came here with the attitude and mindset to win. To win a football match, you need to score goals. We found it difficult. We needed to be more forceful to create more opportunities to score,” Hughton said.

Hughton highlighted the team’s lack of goals as the most disappointing aspect of the match.

Ghana’s qualification to the 2023 AFCON tournament has now been delayed due to the draw.

To secure their place in the tournament, the Black Stars must win or draw in their final qualifier against the Central African Republic in September.

The upcoming match holds significant importance as Ghana strive to book their ticket to the prestigious AFCON competition.

Hughton cited the team’s inability to score as the most discouraging element of the game.

Due to the draw, Ghana’s eligibility for the 2023 AFCON competition has now been postponed.

The Black Stars must defeat the Central African Republic in their final qualifier in September or draw to guarantee their spot in the competition.

As Ghana tries to secure a spot in the renowned AFCON competition, the forthcoming game is crucial.

Sheikh Tophic Sienu

Tophic Abdul-Kadir with the pen name Sheikh Tophic Sienu is a Ghanaian journalist with specialization in sports reporting and media consultancy. He has been a practicing sports journalist since 2008 and a media consultant for many government agencies and private sector organizations. He studied Communications Studies at the Christian Service University College in Kumasi and is currently pursuing an MA in Strategic communications at the African University college of communications in Accra. He also holds B.ed in Basic Education from the University of Education, Winneba. Married and blessed with two handsome boys and a girl, Sheikh Tophic Sienu resides in Accra, the capital of Ghana and currently works as the editor for West Africa’s fastest growing football portal – FootballMadeInGhana.com.gh Until his appointment as editor for FootballMadeInGhana.com.gh, Sheikh Tophic Sienu was the editor for the colourful football portal 442gh.com and also spent three years with the biggest football website in Ghana, GHANAsoccernet.com as a writer and reporter. He is a regular television analyst/football pundit on Ghana Television (GTV), Metro TV as well as serving as a pundit for the Bundesliga on match days on GTV Sports+. He’s highly respected for his knowledge of the African game, his punditry on the German Bundesliga as well as his admiration and consistent updates of the Bundesliga, the CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup as well as the AFCON on social and mainstream media. He is one of a few football writers in Ghana to have had the opportunity of traveling to cover the Bundesliga on a media visit organized by the DfB International and broadcast partners StarTimes. He is a well-organized team player, detailed-oriented and able to handle multiple tasks. He has covered several events including top international sporting events – Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), West Africa football Union (WAFU) and the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar- as well as serving as a consultant for several football clubs and media outlets in Ghana. He is a perfectionist and always wants to achieve the best out of the lot. He is always a unifier wherever he is found as well as helping to accelerate the achievement of goals and has positioned himself as a valuable resource in a variety of situations. Even though he believes in certificates, he believes in what he can do more than what he has. He is highly connected in the Ghanaian media as well as several Africa countries and is a valuable asset to facilitate and accelerate the achievement of goals through the media and communication industry.

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