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Chris Hughton Receives Magnificent Welcome At Unveiling As Ghana Coach

Chris Hughton Receives Magnificent Welcome At Unveiling As Ghana Coach
Colman Stanley
By Colman Stanley
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Chris Hughton has received a spectacular welcome in Kumasi - Ghana's second largest city - at his unveiling as the head coach of the country's national side.

Hughton, who played 53 times for Ireland - qualifying as the son of an Irish mother and Ghanaian father - was welcomed by a group of men in native dress with loud drumming audible in the background, as part of what was clearly a celebratory and important event.

The former defender had been announced as head coach last month, after acting as a technical advisor to the squad throughout last year and at the World Cup in Qatar.

At his unveiling he spoke to the local press, but wanted to keep the expectations of fans and journalists in check, in terms of what will be achieved with the team.

No coach can guarantee a trophy. No coach can sit at a table and guarantee you that. No single coach can do that. It starts with qualifications and you know what you can do but no coach can guarantee you a trophy.

We have short, medium, and long-term objectives. In the short-term we want to win football game which will put us in a better position to extend the duration

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Hughton previously acted as assistant to Brian Kerr when the Dubliner was in charge of the Ireland's national team, and Kerr explained last year how Hughton initially got involved with Ghana's football team.

"His dad was from Ghana, and he recently went on his holidays to Ghana," said Kerr.

"The media got a hold of it. He was inundated, and surrounded by the media in terms of was he going to take a role with the national team.


"From there, one thing led to another, and he ended up in discussions about having a role. He was involved in the two qualification games. They got through on away goals tonight.

"He may well be involved with the team for the World Cup. He could be the manager, which would be nice."

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