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My biggest Black Stars challenge is the huge expectations from Ghanaians – Chris Hughton

Chris Hughton says huge expectations from Ghanaians is what could be his biggest challenge as Black Stars coach. 

The new Ghana gaffer took charge of the team in March 2023 and has been currently tasked to qualify for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations

Hughton’s first two games saw the Stars earn four points against Angola in the two 2023 Afcon qualifiers.

Ghana beat the Palancas Negras 1-0 in Kumasi before picking a point with a 1-1 stalemate in Luanda.

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For Hughton, the biggest hurdle is the supposition from fans because of the country’s history in past years.

“The biggest challenge is always expectations. I have been here for long enough and over a long enough period.

“I can remember the World Cups of old and the Black Stars teams in the past so this brings huge belief,” he told Supersport.

“But that comes with any management or coaching job. It is about getting results and also the levels of change now.

“So many teams have improved. If you look at an AFCON qualifying group, there’s never an easy one, which might not have been the case in the past.

“Expectations and of course making sure that you can get the results that you need to get.”

Ghana’s coach hopes to build a team that can compete well in the 2023 AFCON if they qualify and also the 2026 World Cup qualifiers.

Chris Hughton returns to action in the dugout when the Black Stars continue their 2023 AFCON qualifiers in June.

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