‘I’ll Pay Attention To Everything’

Chris Hughton


Ghana’s new coach, Chris Hughton, has said plainly that he will pay attention to every detail in the team as his predecessors have been accused of giving little attention to the local league and its products -players.

He promised at his unveiling, on Monday, to reverse the trend saying, “I was told by the GFA about how important the local game is to the people…I will not underestimate it.”

“I will be spending more time in Ghana and be watching more games. I will be paying attention to everything.”

And explaining his short, medium and long term goals, he said, “I’ve to get the right balance of what’s short-term, what’s medium term, and what’s long term. At this moment, always the most important is short-term.”

“Winning football matches that will get you into a better position to when the other games come around. The medium term of course is making sure that you all qualify and do well in the competitions itself.”

“The longer term, of course, is about developing players and bringing players through the system, and that takes time. There’s no doubt, as a team that played in the World Cup with the youngest team, we’ve to have an eye on development,” he added.

The Ghana-Angola AFCON qualifier in Kumasi tomorrow marks his first task, and later travel to Luanda on March 27,  for the reverse fixture.

Ghana are joint top  leaders of the Group E table with 4 points from two matches  after  3-0 win over Madagascar and a 1-1 draw with Central African Republic last year.

By Kofi Owusu Aduonum