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Wednesday, 24 January 2024 06:40

Chris Hughton fired as Ghana coach after team's early Africa Cup exit.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

Ghana have sacked head coach Chris Hughton following the Black Stars' group stage exit at the Africa Cup of Nations, the Ghana Football Association have confirmed.

The West Africans took just two points from their three Group B matches, and their slim hopes of progressing as one of the four best third-placed teams were extinguished on Tuesday with Maurutania's shock victory over Algeria in Bouaké.

"The Ghana Football Association wishes to announce that Chris Hughton has been relieved of his duties as head coach of the senior National team with immediate effect," read a GFA statement.

"The Ghana Football Association will in the coming days provide a roadmap on the future direction of the Black Stars."

Hughton's backroom staff -- including former Aston Villa midfielder George Boateng, ex-Black Stars keeper Richard Kingston, and Didi Dramani -- have all also been let go by the federation.

"The Executive Council has also taken a decision to dissolve the technical team of the Black Stars," the statement concluded.

Sixty-five-year-old former Newcastle United and Brighton & Hove Albion manager Hughton took over as national team boss in February 2023, having served as the federation's technical advisor for the previous year.