The recent attendance of Chris Hughton at match centres in the Ghana Premier League and other competitions has been explained by the Ghana Football Association (GFA) as part of his responsibilities as the coach of the Black Stars.
During his first engagement with the media in Kumasi, Hughton pledged to see more local matches whenever he finds himself in Ghana to monitor talents and help make decisions about future call-ups.
The former Brighton and Hove Albion manager has already been seen watching some matches on the local scene across the country.
Henry Asante Twum, the communications director of the GFA explained in an interview with TV3 on WarmUp Plus that, aside from managing the Black Stars to achieve specific targets, Hughton was tasked to help improve other national teams.
“One of the things we discussed with Chris was to make good use of the opportunity anytime he finds himself here. He is somebody who loves the game and always wants to get closer to the action.
“Chris is the coach of the Black Stars but he has other responsibilities. Advice, guidance what have you to the other national teams so watching the games gives him the opportunity to also recommend players who fall within the competition. U-23, U-20, and U-17 who are still playing in the Black Stars and those he thinks also qualify to play in the Black Stars will be given a fair opportunity.
“So it’s part of the mid to long-term process of incorporating everyone and giving everybody the opportunity to have a fair share of what is being done.”
“It’s a process. We are in the process of building a winning squad one more time. It will take time. It needs a lot of investment. Investment here talks about time, money, energy ideas, thinking, and a whole lot more.