According to Ghana Football Association (GFA) Communications Director Henry Asante Twum, Chris Hughton‘s appointment as the new Black Stars coach has been delayed due to the death of his father.
The former Brighton manager was appointed last two weeks and was expected to be unveiled before March, but he remained in the country for some time after his father died. Hughton is now expected to arrive in Ghana for his unveiling next week.
“Chris had to stay in the UK because he lost his dad and needed time with his family and plan the burial service. That’s why he’s not been to Ghana yet” Asante Twum told 3Sports.
“We expect Chris in Ghana next week if everything goes according to plan. We are constantly engaging on his unveiling, media engagement, and build-up to the games,” Henry added.
The unveiling of Ghana’s coaches, as well as squad announcements for the Angola doubleheader, are also expected, according to Henry.
“He is working, Chris and his assistants will be unveiled together. When he arrives we will communicate the date and venue for his unveiling and then use that as part of the build-up to the game against Angola. There will also be squad announcements, details of the contract, and the targets set for the new technical team.”
Ghana will play Angola in Kumasi on March 23, before travelling to Luanda four days later for the rematch. The Black Stars are tied for first place in Group E with Angola, both with four points after two games.
Hughton was born in England to Ghanaian postman Willie Hughton and his Irish wife, Christine (née Bourke). Hughton played for the Republic of Ireland, where he scored one goal in 53 appearances.