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U23 AFCON 2023: Chris Hughton in Morocco to support Black Meteors

Chris Hughton, the head coach of the Black Stars, is in Rabat ahead of Morocco’s hosting of the 2023 TotalEnergies U23 African Cup of Nations from June 24 to July 8, 2023.

The senior national team’s head coach is in Morocco to support the Black Meteors’ technical staff in their bid to qualify for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games Men’s Soccer competition.

Coach Hughton came in Rabat on Friday to assist the Black Meteors Technical team in their bid to qualify for the 2024 Olympic Games Men’s Soccer Competition.

“It’s a pleasure to be here. My role and responsibility here is to support the players, the head Coach and the technical staff”.

“First and foremost, The success in being here because there are a lot of good teams that are not here at this competition. So the first mark of success is to be here”.

“Second is to make the nation proud. I am sure you will give everything and this is all the technical staff can ask for from you”.

“The games will be decided by quality tactical efficiency by scoring goals and some luck. I am sure you will work as hard as you can to make sure these things go in your favour”.

“None of these matches will be easy and you need team work. You are here for the experience and you are here to win as many games as you can.”

“You are here to make yourselves, the head coach, technical team and importantly the country proud and I wish you all the best”, the Black Stars Head Coach said in a brief meeting with the Technical team and players.

When the Black Meteors play Congo in the second Group A encounter on Sunday, June 25, 2023, Ghana’s U23 AFCON campaign will get underway.

In the next Group games, Ghana will play against both Morocco and Guinea.

Teams from Groups A and B’s winners and runner-ups will advance to the semifinal round, where the eventual victor and runner-up will automatically qualify for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games Men’s Soccer competition.

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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