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Jerome Otchere’s Take: Why Hughton impressed me

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

Black Stars coach Chris Hughton lived up to expectation at the press conference in Kumasi, which officially unveiled him to the Ghanaian. Some have argued that for a coach of his make, he wouldn’t underperform at a press event. I agree with that. 

For any candid review, too, Chris Hughton’s responses to questions, his depth of knowledge and composure wouldn’t also escape attention. I believe he’s the coach Ghana should’ve had a year back but there’s no need elaborating on that point. 

I take a leaf from a decent answer Hughton gave on the issue of interference in selection to say, we must leave the past behind and focus on the future. “All I can say is, I am the new head coach. Anything you speak of before my time here is very much something you’re bringing up. It’s in the past,” said Chris Hughton. 

An AFCON qualifier awaits us on Thursday against Angola. Hughton has already named his squad. What lies ahead is what presently matters. Thus, in our forward march, Hughton made modest promises. 

“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” he said.   

“No coach can sit here and guarantee a trophy buy what I can guarantee is a strong team. We want to see a winning team”. In all, relevant questions were asked, and Hughton answered them well like the one concerning his contract. It’s been argued that discussions on his contract are needless, but that position is flawed.

When we’ve not kept a coach for long in recent years, there’s every need to ask what Hughton makes of his 21-month contract. “I have to get the right balance of what’s short-term, what’s medium term, and what’s long term. At this moment, always the most important is short-term. Winning football matches that’ll get you into a better position to when the other games come around. 

“The medium term of course is making sure that you all qualify and do well in the competition itself. The longer term, of course, is about developing players and bringing players through the system and that takes time. There’s no doubt, as a team that played in the World Cup with the youngest team, we’ve to have an eye on development. 

“And development can take time and sometimes this is where you need that little bit of patience from the likes of yourself, the journalists, the supporters” said Hughton. “So, the length of my contact is probably the correct length”.

That enlightened answer on his contract is why Hughton impressed me. We’ve been on this short-term Black Stars coaching business. The responses you get from people you expect to know better, is as if you’re an enemy of state who hates progress. Hughton, by that informed response and the others he gave showed why we must support him. 

Source: Jeromeotchere.com

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Karim Zito blames FA Cup elimination on luck

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Dreams FC equalised in the 60th minute thanks to a disputed penalty conversion by skipper Abdul Jalilu. However, Bofoakwa recovered the lead in extra time thanks to Elijah Addai, resulting in a 2-1 triumph. Coach Zito praised his team's efforts after the game, but blamed their setback on a lack of luck. "Well, I believe that after each game, you look at what transpired. There is something known as a "element of luck." "I'll admit today that luck was not on our side," he stated after the game.

Karim Zito, Dreams FC’s coach, lamented their FA Cup defeat over Bofoakwa Tano, attributing the loss to his team’s lack of luck.

Despite being the defending champions and seeking a second trip to Africa, Dreams FC suffered a surprise defeat in the semifinals against Bofoakwa Tano at the Red Bull Arena in Sogakope.

The game stayed goalless in the first half until Bofoakwa broke the deadlock early in the second half with Aboagye Dacosta.

Dreams FC equalised in the 60th minute thanks to a disputed penalty conversion by skipper Abdul Jalilu.

However, Bofoakwa recovered the lead in extra time thanks to Elijah Addai, resulting in a 2-1 triumph.

Coach Zito praised his team’s efforts after the game but blamed their setback on a lack of luck.

“Well, I believe that after each game, you look at what transpired. There is something known as an “element of luck.” “I’ll admit today that luck was not on our side,” he stated after the game.

Despite creating multiple opportunities, Dreams FC is unable to capitalise, as Zito admitted. He applauded his team’s perseverance but bemoaned their lack of luck, especially in extra time.

“We generated a lot of opportunities, but getting the ball in the net was difficult, I was pleased with what my players accomplished. The battling spirit emerged, particularly during the extra time. They came in determined to get an equaliser, but luck was not on their side,” he continued.

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Bofoakwa Tano’s coach expresses joy after defeating Dreams FC to secure a place in the FA Cup final

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"I am quite delighted and pleased. This is my fourth encounter with Dreams FC. The first came while I was with Kotoku Royals, and we defeated them 3-0. The second time was two months ago against Bofoakwa, when we lost 3-1," Eduafo stated. "Last week, I vowed we'd either split the points or win. Today, I arrived determined to defeat them. "I am ecstatic," he continued. Aboagye Dacosta gave Bofoakwa Tano the lead two minutes into the second half. Dreams FC equalised in the 60th minute when Skipper Abdul Jalilu scored a contentious penalty. However, Elijah Addai scored in extra time to give Bofoakwa the win, 2-1.

Bofoakwa Tano’s head coach, John Eduafo, has expressed his delight after securing the final berth in the 2023/24 FA Cup.

The Sunyani-based squad upset Dreams FC, the defending champions, 2-1 in the semifinals on Sunday afternoon at the Red Bull Arena in Skopje.

Eduafo voiced his delight after the game, emphasising his team’s desire to defeat Dreams FC despite their good performance in the CAF Confederation Cup.

“I am quite delighted and pleased. This is my fourth encounter with Dreams FC. The first came while I was with Kotoku Royals, and we defeated them 3-0. The second time was two months ago against Bofoakwa, when we lost 3-1,” Eduafo stated.

“Last week, I vowed we’d either split the points or win. Today, I arrived determined to defeat them. “I am ecstatic,” he continued.

Aboagye Dacosta gave Bofoakwa Tano the lead two minutes into the second half. Dreams FC equalised in the 60th minute when Skipper Abdul Jalilu scored a contentious penalty.

However, Elijah Addai scored in extra time to give Bofoakwa the win, 2-1.

Bofoakwa Tano will now meet Nsoatreman FC in the FA Cup final, with the site to be determined.

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Bashir Hayford explains why he sat at the middle of the park in Bechem

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"The spectators threw urine and insulted me and the players. We needed to protect ourselves, so we raced to the pitch, but to be honest, I responded to them," he told Akoma FM. "As a 30-year lover of the game, I had never seen anything like this before. It was more like a fight than a football match."

Bashir Hayford, the head coach of the Hearts of Oak Lions, delayed his team’s game against Bechem United on Saturday by sitting in the centre of the pitch due to biassed officiating.

During the game at Nana Fosu Gyeabour Park, Hayford took a seat in the centre of the pitch, forcing a 20-minute stoppage in play.

The legendary Ghanaian trainer’s actions were in protest of what was described as one-sided officiating.

“The spectators threw urine and insulted me and the players. We needed to protect ourselves, so we raced to the pitch, but to be honest, I responded to them,” he told Akoma FM.

“As a 30-year lover of the game, I had never seen anything like this before. It was more like a fight than a football match.”

Following a brief break, Hayford left the field, allowing the game to resume. Despite playing with one man down, Bechem averted a loss on the day.


The draw drops Lions into the relegation zone, three points below Bofoakwa Tano, who sits above it.

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