Black Stars need to be more clinical – Chris Hughton

Ghana coach Chris Hughton has admitted that the Black Stars need to be more clinical following their narrow 1-0 victory over Angola.

Hughton’s side defeated the Black Antelopes at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in a 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier on Thursday evening.

A 95th-minute strike by substitute Antoine Semenyo was the difference between the two teams as Hughton made a winning start to life as Ghana coach.

However, the Black Stars laboured for large spells and struggled to create clear-cut chances against their opponents.

Hughton believes his side did enough to win the game, but bemoaned their lack of ruthlessness in front of goal.

“We’ve had 11 chances so that’s the first positive. If you were telling me that we played 96 minutes and we only had two or three chances then that’s worrying but the fact that we have had chances you always know,” Hughton said in his post-match press conference.

“Come the next game or next game after, you’re going to put some of the chances away. That’s the only thing we learned is that we need to be a little more clinical when we have the opportunities.”

Hughton will hope to make it two wins from two games in charge when the Black Stars face Angola again on Monday, as they aim to wrap up qualification for the 2023 AFCON.



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