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The appointment of Renard or Mourinho won’t solve Ghana’s struggles – Nii Lante Vanderpuye

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The hunt has become critical after Chris Hughton was removed of his duties following Ghana's elimination from the Africa Cup of Nations group stage in Cote D'Ivoire. Herve Renard of France Women's U-21, Tom Saintfiet of The Gambia, James Kwesi Appiah of the Black Stars, Jose Mourinho of Chelsea, Manchester United, and AS Roma, among others, are apparently on the Football Association's radar as Chris Hughton's replacement.

Former Youth and Sports Minister Edwin Nii Lante Vanderpuye argues that employing a high-profile coach is not the solution to Ghana’s recent tournament woes, which include yet another defeat at the present Africa Cup of Nations in Cote d’Ivoire.

He made this statement following the formation of a five-member search committee by the Ghana Football Association to name Chris Hughton’s replacement within the next 21 days.

The hunt has become critical after Chris Hughton was removed from his duties following Ghana’s elimination from the Africa Cup of Nations group stage in Cote D’Ivoire.

Herve Renard of France Women’s U-21, Tom Saintfiet of The Gambia, James Kwesi Appiah of the Black Stars, Jose Mourinho of Chelsea, Manchester United, and AS Roma, among others, are apparently on the Football Association’s radar as Chris Hughton’s replacement.

Nii Lante Vanderpuye, a former Sports Minister, told Citi Sports in an exclusive interview that employing a high-profile coach is not the sole solution to the Black Stars’ troubles in international competitions.

The issue is that we must consider what we want to achieve as a nation; is it simply bringing in a foreign coach? He quizzed.

Today, we can all confirm that the improper influence that was our local coach’s enemy is still in effect.

What is the guarantee that Herve Renard, when he arrives, will not be manipulated?

I am confident that even if Mourinho or Pep Guardiola arrive, the sickness at the GFA will persist, and if we do not address it, it will harm them.

As a result, it is preferable to have someone who understands Ghanaians’ cries and is familiar with their thoughts and sentiments.

We should establish a long-term aim for whoever comes in, set some KPIs for him, and begin to measure him against that so that all of us in this country can measure him.

The Ghana Football Association’s Vice President, Mark Addo, will lead the search committee.

Ace Ankomah (Esq.), a legal practitioner and law lecturer, will serve as Vice Chairman of the search committee, which will also include the GFA’s Director of Coaching Education, Professor Joseph Kwame Mintah, Ghana football legend Opoku Nti, and William Caesar Kartey, Chief Director of the Ministry of Youth and Sports.

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Ghana coach Otto Addo: We will not relax against CAR in the 2026 World Cup qualifiers

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They are presently ranked third in Group I, after leaders Madagascar and the Comoros. Despite the remarkable win over Mali's favoured Eagles, Addo insisted that the squad cannot afford to be complacent. His sentiments mirrored those of Mohammed Kudus. "One thing is certain: the game will be extremely challenging. "For everyone who thinks it'll be easy, we hope it is, but it's a very difficult game," Addo told reporters on Sunday. "We can't relax now," said the former Borussia Dortmund head coach. The match is scheduled to start at 19:00 GMT.

Otto Addo, Black Stars coach, has advised his players to be focused and not take their next encounter against the Central African Republic (CAR) lightly.

Ghana will face CAR on Monday, June 10, at the Baba Yara Stadium in the fourth of four matchdays in the 2026 World Cup qualification.

The Black Stars came into this game off a 2-1 victory against Mali in Bamako, raising their total to six points in three games.

They are presently ranked third in Group I, after leaders Madagascar and the Comoros.

Despite the remarkable win over Mali’s favoured Eagles, Addo insisted that the squad cannot afford to be complacent. His sentiments mirrored those of Mohammed Kudus.

“One thing is certain: the game will be extremely challenging. “For everyone who thinks it’ll be easy, we hope it is, but it’s a very difficult game,” Addo told reporters on Sunday.

“We can’t relax now,” said the former Borussia Dortmund head coach.

The match is scheduled to start at 19:00 GMT.

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2026 WCQ: Otto Addo expects a tight game against CAR

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"This is going to be really difficult. "For everyone who thinks we can just play them, I don't believe it will happen," remarked the former Borussia Dortmund coach. "They're performing well, especially in attacking transitions. They're quite dangerous; they demonstrated that in the 1-1 draw with Mali," he continued. The Black Stars are presently third in Group I, with six points. A victory would greatly improve their prospects of qualifying for the World Cup.

Ghana coach Otto Addo expects a tough encounter against the Central African Republic (CAR) in the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

The Black Stars will meet CAR in the fourth round of matches on Monday at Baba Yara Stadium, with kickoff at 19:00 GMT.

Reflecting on their recent comeback win over Mali in Bamako during the third round, Addo emphasised the importance of the forthcoming encounter against CAR.

“This is going to be really difficult. “For everyone who thinks we can just play them, I don’t believe it will happen,” remarked the former Borussia Dortmund coach.

“They’re performing well, especially in attacking transitions. They’re quite dangerous; they demonstrated that in the 1-1 draw with Mali,” he continued.

The Black Stars are presently third in Group I, with six points. A victory would greatly improve their prospects of qualifying for the World Cup.

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Mohammed Kudus: Qualifying for the 2026 World Cup is the ultimate objective

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Ghana striker Mohammed Kudus has stated that the Black Stars are aiming to qualify for the 2026 World Cup.

The squad recently returned to form, defeating Mali 2-1 in Bamako on their third matchday, due to second-half goals from Ernest Nuamah and Jordan Ayew.

With this victory, Ghana is presently third in Group I with six points.

Ahead of their matchday four against the Central African Republic on Monday at the Baba Yara Stadium, Kudus, who plays for West Ham United, emphasised that the Black Stars’ primary goal is to qualify for the coveted event in 2026.

“The belief has always existed; that we all want to go to the World Cup. “That is our ultimate goal, regardless of how we achieve it,” Kudus told the press on Sunday.

“Our coach has his strategies, but sometimes the game gets tougher. “We just have to do our best and get the results,” he said.

Kudus is likely to play an important part for Ghana when they face the Central African Republic in this critical qualifier.

The highly anticipated encounter is due to begin at 19:00 GMT.

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