Chris Hughton Discusses Ghana’s AFCON Knockout Stage Calculations


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Ghana’s coach, Chris Hughton, has outlined a straightforward strategy for his team to secure a spot in the knockout stage of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) – win their upcoming group stage match against Mozambique. Despite a commendable performance against Egypt that ended in a 2-2 draw, the Black Stars must secure a victory in their final group game to advance.


While Ghana displayed improvement compared to their opening-day defeat against Cape Verde, defensive errors proved costly. West Ham star Mohammed Kudus shone with a brace, but defensive lapses by Inaki Williams and Osman Bukari allowed Egypt to level the score.

Addressing the media in a post-match press conference, Hughton emphasized the importance of a victory in the upcoming match against Mozambique. He stated, “The calculations are already made; we need a victory to pursue our dream, and I know we are capable of it.”


In the aftermath of the match, Gospel musician and preacher Sonnie Badu heaped praise on Mohammed Kudus, hailing him as the next Abedi Pele. Badu expressed disappointment with some aspects of the team’s performance but singled out Kudus for his outstanding contribution.

“I blame the coach; he did not read into the game well. Inaki did excellent. He passed the ball to Professor, but Professor was not alert enough,” Badu commented in a video posted on social media. He continued, “Mohammed Kudus is the next Abedi Pele. All his show-off is worth it; now he’s proven that he’s the starboy. Kudus is the next Abedi Pele. Hats off to him. He’s excellent.”

Ghana will face Mozambique in their final group game on Monday, and the outcome of that match will determine their fate in the AFCON tournament.


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