The Executive Council of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) is set to make a pivotal decision regarding the future of Black Stars coach Chris Hughton on Friday, November 2023.
This move comes in the aftermath of Ghana’s lackluster performance against Mexico and the USA in last month’s international friendly matches.
Concerns have been raised within the football governing body about Hughton’s ability to lead the team successfully into the World Cup 2026 qualifiers against Madagascar and Comoros.
The decision to part ways with the former Newcastle United manager gained momentum after a string of unimpressive performances, with the FA expressing its intent following Ghana’s last AFCON qualifier against Central Africa Republic.
Despite initial attempts to sever ties with Hughton, the Sports Ministry reportedly rejected the proposal about three weeks ago. The FA revived its efforts after the Black Stars’ friendly defeat against the USA, but approval from the Ministry remains uncertain, as Cabinet has not endorsed the association’s move.
Sources on October 20, 2023, revealed tensions between the head of the technical team and FA leadership, citing disagreements over player call-ups to the senior national team.
Reports suggest a lack of unity within the technical team, with Hughton personally overseeing training sessions instead of the conventional practice led by assistant coaches.
The upcoming ExCo meeting on Friday will be a critical juncture, as the fate of Chris Hughton hangs in the balance. Despite the decision to part ways gaining traction, sources indicate dissent within the Council, with not all members supporting the move.