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‘I asked more from the players following Cape Verde setback’ – Chris Hughton

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Ghana surrendered the goals due to sloppy errors, failing to secure their first win of the tournament. Many have praised the performance as superior to the previous one. Hughton said after the game that Ghana had a greater chance of winning, but refused to blame his players. He said he expected his players to work harder in order to achieve their goals. "Of course, it's very frustrating because I thought we deserved to win the game," he said.

Chris Hughton has claimed that he challenged his players to be more devoted to the work ahead following Ghana’s setback in the opening match of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), which resulted in a better performance against Egypt.

After losing 2-1 to Cape Verde, the Black Stars faced the seven-time Africa Champions on Thursday, giving away the lead twice to the record holders, who settled for an exciting 2-2 tie with goals from Omar Marmoush and Mostafa Mohamed, cancelling out Mohammed Kudus’ two great goals.

Ghana surrendered the goals due to sloppy errors, failing to secure their first win of the tournament.

Many have praised the performance as superior to the previous one.

Hughton said after the game that Ghana had a greater chance of winning but refused to blame his players. He said he expected his players to work harder to achieve their goals.

“Of course, it’s very frustrating because I thought we deserved to win the game,” he said.

“What I asked after the first performance against Cape Verde from the players was a better performance. More commitment and more running to give ourselves a better chance of putting in a performance to win this game. I don’t think I can fault the players, their attitude and the way they applied themselves.”

The former Newcastle United manager emphasised the team’s unhappiness, saying, “At the moment, the dressing room is very disappointed because I think it was a really good opportunity for us to get three points.”

Looking forward, Ghana must win their last group game against Mozambique at all costs if they are to advance to the round of 16 after missing out in the previous edition.

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Jordan Ayew scores as Crystal Palace defeat Burnley

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Despite their numerical disadvantage, Burnley held on until the 68th minute, when Ayew sent a pinpoint precise cross that defender Chris Richards met with a thumping header into the bottom corner. Just three minutes later, replacement Matheus Franca linked nicely with Tyrick Mitchell down the left wing, and Ayew tapped in his low cross from close range to make it 2-0. After Vitinho fouled Franca, Jean-Philippe Mateta comfortably took a penalty to secure the win.

Crystal Palace secured a crucial victory in their relegation struggle by overcoming 10-man Burnley 3-0 in new manager Oliver Glasner’s first game.

Ghana forward Jordan Ayew scored one of the goals, extending his impressive record in front of goal. He also assisted, bringing his total goal contributions to ten this season.

Palace controlled possession in the first half but were unable to produce clear-cut chances against a determined Burnley defence. The visitors were reduced to ten men just before halftime when Josh Brownhill was awarded a straight red card for taking down Jefferson Lerma when in on goal.

Despite their numerical disadvantage, Burnley held on until the 68th minute, when Ayew sent a precise cross that defender Chris Richards met with a thumping header into the bottom corner.

Just three minutes later, replacement Matheus Franca linked nicely with Tyrick Mitchell down the left wing, and Ayew tapped in his low cross from close range to make it 2-0. After Vitinho fouled Franca, Jean-Philippe Mateta comfortably took a penalty to secure the win.

As Palace grabbed a critical three points, Burnley striker David Datro Fofana had a late goal ruled out for offside. The victory lifts Palace eight points clear of the relegation zone and marks a successful debut for new boss Glasner, who becomes only the second Palace manager to win his first Premier League game in charge.

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Tough test awaits Black Queens against Zambia in Olympics second-leg qualifier

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Notable efforts by players such as Doris Boaduwaa and Evelyn were inadequate to change the tide in favour of the Black Queens. With a 1-0 disadvantage, Ghana have a difficult mountain to climb in the return leg in Ndola if they are to keep their Olympic hopes alive. The vital second leg will take place on Tuesday.

Black Queens suffered a blow in their Olympic qualification campaign, losing 1-0 to Zambia at the Accra Sports Stadium.

In the highly anticipated match, Zambia’s Kundananji delivered the deciding strike with a brilliant chip in the 18th minute, giving the Copper Queens the lead.

Despite Ghana’s outstanding run, which included winning 10 of their past 11 matches, they were unable to overcome Zambia’s early lead.

Notable efforts by players such as Doris Boaduwaa and Evelyn were inadequate to change the tide in favour of the Black Queens.

With a 1-0 disadvantage, Ghana have a difficult mountain to climb in the return leg in Ndola if they are to keep their Olympic hopes alive. The vital second leg will take place on Tuesday.

To overcome the result and go to the next round of qualification for the forthcoming Olympic Games in Paris 2024, the squad must put up a stunning performance.

The winner of the Ghana-Zambia match will play the winner of Tunisia-Morocco in a vital duel for the coveted Olympic place.

As the stakes remain high, the Black Queens must get together and give an outstanding performance in Lusaka to keep their ambitions alive on the path to Paris 2024.

The game against Zambia proved to be the most difficult test for Nora Hauptle, who is credited for reshaping the squad to play entertaining football. Under the Swiss tactician, the squad has lost twice in 12 games.

The Black Queens lost only one other game, the final leg of the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON) versus Zambia. They lost 1-0 after defeating their opponents 3-1 in Accra.

With the unfortunate result, Hauptle is likely to reorganise the team for a comeback on Tuesday.

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Fire destroys portions of the Youth Resource Center in Navrongo

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The source of the fire has yet to be determined, but gatekeepers believe it devoured the facility through a damaged section of the fence wall. Ngosiwine Gideon, the project manager, provided further facts about the event to 3news.com.

Parts of the unfinished Youth Resource Centre in Navrongo, Kassena-Nankana municipality, Upper East Region, have been damaged by fire.

Several glass panes, PVC pipes, chairs, doors, and electric poles were among the items destroyed in the Sunday morning conflagration at the massive sports centre.

It needed the involvement of the Ghana National Fire Service to put out what could have been a terrible fire.

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The source of the fire has yet to be determined, but gatekeepers believe it devoured the facility through a damaged section of the fence wall.

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Ngosiwine Gideon, the project manager, provided further facts about the event to 3news.com.

“So, it was Monday in the morning, around 10:20 am thereabouts. Because it started from down there, we didn’t get to know it quickly. it was later that I realised it was from down there. Initially, we called the Fire Service, they came, and they put off the fire. When they left, about an hour or 30 minutes later, it started again. That was when we called them, and they said their car got stuck so they couldn’t come. so we had to watch helplessly for the fire to burn,” he recalled.

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