Ghana’s Minister of Youth and Sports, Mustapha Ussif, has disclosed the targets outlined in Chris Hughton’s contract as the new head coach of the national football team, the Black Stars.
Speaking to GraphicOnline at the 2023 Ramadan Cup launch in Accra on Thursday, the Minister revealed that the Ghana Football Association (GFA) had set out objectives for Hughton, who was unveiled as coach last month.
The Minister explained that the GFA has tasked Hughton with leading the Black Stars to qualify for the next African Cup of Nations in Cote d’Ivoire.
Additionally, Hughton has been mandated to identify talented players from the local leagues, qualify Ghana for the FIFA World Cup, and improve the country’s Coca-Cola FIFA World ranking.
“The objectives are set by the FA for him to ensure that we qualify for AFCON and also to ensure that we identify local talents from our league. To also ensure that we qualify for the World Cup and also to make sure that our ranking in the FIFA Ranking improves. These are the objectives in the contract that he has signed…,” Mr Ussif said.
The Minister also called on all Ghanaians to rally behind Hughton to achieve his targets.
Ussif expressed his satisfaction with Hughton’s early results, which included a win and a draw against Angola in the 2024 AFCON qualifiers.
The GFA offered Hughton a one-and-half-year-renewable contract to become the 34th coach since Ghana last won the AFCON trophy in Libya 41 years ago.