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Former Black Stars Coach, CK Akonnor Pens Down Emotional Letter After His Sack

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Charles Akonnor has expressed his gratitude to Ghanaians for the ‘opportunity to serve’ as head coach of the Black Stars.

The appointment of the 47-year-old coach was terminated by the Executive Council of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) in a meeting on Monday, September 13.

Akonnor, who was at the helms of the senior national team for 20 months, won just four out of his 10 games in charge.

Despite qualifying for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, Akonnor was at the center of intense criticisms for the performances against Ethiopia and South Africa.

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The former Black Stars coach shared a tweet 16 hours after his sack stating that: “I’m grateful to H.E President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo,the Sports Ministry, my former boss Kwesi Appiah, the leadership of the GFA, colleagues I worked with, players and Ghanaians for the opportunity to serve.”

Akonnor ended his note with positivity “wishing the team all the best.”

 

 

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‘I Want To Play Another World Cup’ – Asamoah Gyan

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Ghana legend Asamoah Gyan has said he wishes to feature at the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

Gyan hasn’t played for the Black Stars since the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) and has been blighted by injuries.

The 36-year-old returned to the Ghana Premier League last season after signing for Legon Cities, but rarely played before parting ways with the club after just a year.

Currently promoting his autobiography, titled ‘Legyandary: the story of Asamoah Gyan’, the veteran striker said every player would love to play at the World Cup.

“Who doesn’t want to play at the World Cup? Every player wants to play at the World Cup,” he said on Citi TV, as quoted by Ghanaweb.

“Yes, I have tasted the World Cup three times and though I would love to play at this year’s World Cup, as I have always said, I am currently not fit enough to play active football but when I Start playing – who knows?”

The Black Stars booked their place at the quadrennial tournament on away goals following a 1-1 aggregate score against West African rivals Nigeria in March.
“I shall surely be in Qatar but maybe a pundit or let’s see,” Gyan added.

The striker’s book launch will come off on Saturday, April 30, 2022, at the plush Kempinski Gold Coast Hotel in Accra.

 

 

 

 

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Will Callum Hudson-Odoi Play For Ghana In the World Cup?

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Information reaching GhArticles.com from GOAL.com can reveals that Callum Hudson-Odoi is contemplating switching from England to Ghana.

On March 29, Ghana defeated Nigeria in two legs to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

The 21-year-old hasn’t played for Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions in almost two years, and he’s rejected down recent Under-21 call-ups.

Despite winning three caps for England, Hudson-Odoi is still free to switch nationalities.

This follows a FIFA rule change in September 2020 that allowed players with three or less caps to move once they turned 21.

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The dual nationality of Hudson-Odoi comes from his father Bismark, who played football for Hearts of Oak in Ghana.

Hudson-Odoi has been to Ghana on vacation recently, in January 2022 and last summer.

When asked whether he was considering switching, he answered, “We will wait till that moment comes.”

Hudson-Odoi has reportedly met with President Nana Akufo-Addo and the Ghana Football Association.

 

 

 

 

 

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All You Need To Know About Chris Hughton

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This article seeks to unveil all you need to know about the former Newcastle United and West Ham United manage, Chris Hughton.

The past week has been dominated by talks over who becomes Ghana’s new head coach. The top job became vacant following the sacking of Milovan Rajevac last Tuesday.

The Serbian coach led the Black Stars to the FIFA World Cup play-offs but supervised one of the country’s worst-ever campaigns during the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

A largely disorganised Ghanaian team finished bottom of Group C after drawing with Gabon and losing to Morocco and Comoros.

Two names have so far been mooted as the possible replacements for Rajevac. Chris Hughton is believed to be the government’s choice for the role, but the Ghana Football Association (GFA) is also believed to favour Borussia Dortmund’s trainer scout Otto Addo.

But who is Hughton?

Hughton the footballer

Hughton started as a footballer after coming through the ranks at Tottenham. He was born in Forest Gate, Essex, England to a Ghanaian father, Willie, and an Irish mother, Christine.

At 13, he joined Tottenham’s academy where he rose to become a first-team player. He eventually made his debut for Spurs in the 1977 season. Despite being born in England, Hughton represented the country of his mother, the Republic of Ireland, at international level.

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With that, he became the first mixed-race player to represent the Republic of Ireland and went on to play 53 times for the country.

As a full-back, he played for 13 years at Tottenham where he attained cult status, making 297 appearances and scoring 12 goals.

In 1990, Hughton swapped Spurs for fellow London club West Ham United and spent two years with the Hammers before crossing carpets to another London-based club, Brentford.

Hughton the manager

For a man whose playing career revolved around London, he became the caretaker manager of Tottenham after hanging his boots. It was his first managerial job but he showed signs of promise and was kept on for a year.

Hughton went on to serve under different managers at Tottenham and combined his role with being an assistant coach of the Republic of Ireland.

In 2008, Hughton was announced as the first-team coach of Newcastle United under Kevin Keegan. By September that year, he was made caretaker manager following Keegan’s exit.

The highs and lows

Hughton has since managed Birmingham City, Norwich City, Brighton and Hove Albion and Nottingham Forest, in what has been a great managerial career thus far.

And winning Premier League promotion with Newcastle ranks among his best achievements. At Birmingham City, he led the team to the group stages of the Europa League, and guided Norwich City to an 11th-place finish in the 2012/13 Premier League season.

Hughton was also the manager who led Brighton to gain Premier League promotion for the first time in the club’s history and reached the FA Cup semi-final with the Seagulls.

But just like any other manager, the 63-year-old has had his lows. He left Norwich with the club sitting just one place above the relegation zone.

He also left Nottingham Forest in September 2021 after gaining just one point from their opening seven matches in the Championship – the club’s worst start to a season since 1913.

Hughton has been without a club since then and it remains to be seen if he’ll be appointed as the next Ghana coach.

 

 

 

 

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