Chris Hughton encouraged by Ghana support

Chris Hughton encouraged by Ghana support

Chris Hughton says he's been encouraged by the support he has received following Ghana's shock 2023 Africa Cup of Nations defeat to Cape Verde.

The Black Stars had high expectations heading to the Ivory Coast as they bid to compete for an illusive fifth AFCON title, having last won the biennial competition way back in 1982.

But following a 2-1 defeat to the west African islanders, Hughton was confronted by a disgruntled supporter at the team's hotel in Abidjan.

The Ghana boss has now said he is fully focused on securing all three points in his side's second Group B encounter, with Egypt on Thursday evening.

Hughton said on Ghanasoccernet: "I very much appreciate the levels of support that I have had but in the press conference here we are looking forward to the next game, so that is something that is very much in the past.

"It has had a lot of media coverage and I am thankful for the messages of support, but today is a day to look forward to a very competitive game we have tomorrow."

Hughton took the Black Stars job following the Qatar World Cup but he hasn't had an easy ride from supporters, who have continuously questioned his tenure.

"I am here as Black Stars coach, leading the team into what is a very important game and this is the only focus that I have," added the former Newcastle manager.

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