Chris Hughton, the coach of the Black Stars, has clarified why he has not included any local players in the squad since assuming his role. Despite actively observing the Ghana Premier League (GPL) by attending several matches, Hughton opted not to call up any GPL players for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier against Madagascar.
In a recent video interview, Hughton shared his rationale behind this decision, stating that he is currently focusing on gaining a comprehensive understanding of the league as a whole, rather than solely evaluating individual players. He emphasized the importance of maintaining squad balance and consistency, while also acknowledging his openness to considering local talents.
Hughton emphasized the significance of the upcoming match and the need to strike a balance between experienced foreign-based players and potential newcomers. The Black Stars’ aim is to secure qualification to the next Afcon tournament in Ivory Coast, with the crucial match against Madagascar scheduled for June 18.