Chris Hughton laments costly errors as Ghana go down to Cape Verde at AFCON

Chris Hughton laments costly errors as Ghana go down to Cape Verde at AFCON

Ghana coach Chris Hughton says their errors proved costly as the Black Stars suffered a surprise 2-1 defeat against Cape Verde to make life difficult for themselves in Group B of the AFCON.

Hughton’s side did eventually equalise through Alexander Djiku, however Cape Verde benefitted from a defensive blunder to grab all three points, which irked the coach.

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"I think it was down to errors for the goals, we didn't start the game as well as what they did. We have to good technical players but then I think we got ourselves, we conceded then I think we got ourselves into a good period of the game. Scored a goal which we thought was going to be allowed, obviously, it was ruled out from VAR but I think we were a little bit in the ascendency then. Second better but at that stage of the game, it's 1-1 which can go either way, you have to make sure not to concede and we conceded a really poor goal," Hughton said.

Goalkeeper Richard Ofori offered his explanation when asked directly about letting in the goal that handed Cape Verde victory.  

"Sometimes I push it away because the ball was bouncing in front of me and then the ball was going far away from me also. So, I need to stretch and then just direct the ball to the side but unfortunately, my players were not there to block. It happens in the game and then you need to just concentrate and focus on the second game, that's the most important thing," Ofori said.

Next up for Ghana is Egypt, who are also licking their wounds following a scare having had to rely on a late Mohamed Salah goal – courtesy of VAR – to claw their way back into the game and settle for a point in the 2-2 draw against Mozambique.

Hughton knows it’s a must-win.

"It's a massive game and it's a game that we have to get something from and I think what we have experienced, even if you look at Senegal in the last Africa Cup of Nations they drew their first two games and won their last game very late in the game. So, anything can happen but one thing is for sure is that we going to have to get some type of result from that game," Hughton added.