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Chris Hughton, the coach of the Black Stars, has promised to watch more local games

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Ghana coach Chris Hughton claims he developed positive relationships with his players while serving as technical advisor

Chris Hughton, the newly appointed Black Stars coach, has promised to spend more time in Ghana monitoring the Ghana Premier League and other domestic competitions.

Hughton, who faced criticism for not including any local players in his first squad, has vowed to give them the opportunity they deserve.

Hughton stated at his unveiling on Monday,  “I will be spending more time in Ghana. I will be watching more games. I am constantly being made aware of players who are doing well. I’ll be paying more attention to [GPL] games because it is important that we have a strong national league.”

This pledge from the new coach would be welcomed by Ghana Premier League fans, who have accused previous Black Stars coaches of ignoring the local league and failing to attend games. Ghanaian football fans have long been dissatisfied with the perceived lack of support for the domestic league and have advocated for a greater focus on local talent.

Hughton’s commitment to monitoring the Ghana Premier League and other domestic competitions could be a significant boost for the league and help to raise the country’s football standard. It may also provide more opportunities for local players to showcase their abilities and earn national team calls.

Hughton’s pledge to pay more attention to local players differs from previous Black Stars coaches who have been accused of ignoring the domestic league. It remains to be seen whether his commitment will result in more local players being called up to future squads, but his words have been well received by league fans.

Hughton’s first assignment is a 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Angola on Thursday at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi.

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King Faisal relegated from Ghana Premier League

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King Faisal has been relegated from the betPawa Premier League and will play in Division One.

Their relegation was sealed when Karela United defeated Bibiani GoldStars 3-2 at the Crosby Awuah Memorial (CAM) Park.

With one game left in the season, King Faisal’s destiny is determined, since they will finish no higher than 16th, regardless of the results of the last matches.

King Faisal is currently in 17th position with 39 points, three points behind Tamale City, who is narrowly outside the relegation zone.

If King Faisal wins their final game of the season and Tamale City loses, they will have equaled Tamale City’s point total. However, owing to their weaker head-to-head record against Tamale City this season (a 4-1 advantage for Tamale City), King Faisal would be unable to finish ahead of them.

King Faisal joins Kotoku Royals as the second Premier League team to be demoted this season.

On the last day of the season, the final relegation position will be determined. Hearts of Oak, Karela United, Accra Lions, Legon Cities, Tamale City, and Great Olympics are all fighting for survival.

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Chris Hughton announces Ghana’s 24-man squad for the AFCON 2023 Qualifier match against Madagascar

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Chris Hughton announces Ghana's 24-man squad for the AFCON 2023 Qualifier match against Madagascar

Ghana’s team for next month’s Africa Cup of Nations Group E qualifier against Madagascar has been chosen by Chris Hughton.

The Black Stars Coach has chosen a 24-man squad to go to Antananarivo on Sunday, June 18, 2023.

Alidu Seidu and Kwasi Okyere Wreidt return to the squad, while Ernest Nuamah, based in Denmark, obtains his first senior national team call-up following an impressive performance with Nordsjaelland in the Danish Superliga.

Amiens defender Nicholas Opoku, Patrick Kpozo of Moldova, and Anderlecht midfielder Majeed Ashimeru have also been called up.

Ghana enters the game in June as the leader of their Africa Cup of Nations Cote D’Ivoire 2023 qualification group, with 8 points after two victories and two draws in the first four games.

The match will take place on Sunday, June 18, 2023, at 17H00 in Antananarivo’s Stade Kianja Barea.

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Chris Hughton announces Ghana’s 24-man squad for the AFCON 2023 Qualifier match against Madagascar

The squad:  

Goalkeepers: Lawrence Ati-Zigi (St. Gallen), Joseph Wollacott (Charlton Athletic), Abdul Manaf Nurudeen (KAS Eupen)

Defenders: Denis Odoi (Club Brugge), Alidu Seidu (Clermont Foot), Gideon Mensah (Auxerre), Patrick Kpozo (Sheriff Tiraspol), Daniel Amartey (Leicester City), Joseph Aidoo (Celta Vigo), Alexander Djiku (Strasbourg), Nicholas Opoku (Amiens)

Midfielders: Thomas Partey (Arsenal FC), Mohammed Kudus (Ajax Amsterdam), Majeed Ashimeru (Anderlecht), Salis Abdul Samed (Lens), Edmund Addo (Spartak Subotica)

Wingers: Joseph Painstil (Genk), Osman Bukari (Red Star Belgrade), KamalDeen Sulemana (Southampton), Ernest Nuamah (FC Nordsjaelland)

Attackers: Andre Ayew (Nottingham Forest), Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace), Inaki Williams (Athletic Bilbao), Kwasi Okyere Wriedt (Holstein Kiel).

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Jordan Opoku is the best – Nii Adjei heap praises on ex-teammate

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Jordan Opoku is the best - Nii Adjei heap praises on ex-teammate

Daniel Nii Adjei, a former Asante Kotoko midfielder, has praised his former teammate Jordan Opoku, calling him the best player he ever played with.

Nii Adjei shared the locker room with Opoku throughout his stay at Asante Kotoko from 2007 to 2011, and again in the 2018-2019 season when he returned for a third term.

Nii Adjei, who departed Asante Kotoko in 2019, reflected on his time there and commended Jordan Opoku for his great talents on the pitch.

Nii Adjei praised Jordan Opoku on his own Facebook page, calling him a great football genius and the best midfielder he has ever played alongside. He expressed his affection and respect for his former teammate.

“I want celebrate this man Jordan Opoku. A true definition of a football doctor. Best midfielder hv played with. Bro I salute you”

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Jordan Opoku had tremendous success with Asante Kotoko, winning multiple trophies, including two Ghana Premier League crowns. Together with Nii Adjei, he was also instrumental in the club’s ascent to the money zone in African inter-club tournaments in 2008.

Nii Adjei has moved into coaching and is now the head coach of Elmina Sharks’ women’s team, Sea Lions, proving his continuous engagement in the sport.

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