Black Stars coach Chris Hughton has come under fire from former Ghana international Mohammed Polo, who has urged his dismissal after the team’s lacklustre 0-0 draw with Madagascar in a 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.
It was Hughton’s third game at the helm, and he has only managed one win, which was a narrow 1-0 victory over Angola in Kumasi thanks to a late goal from Antoine Semenyo. The other away games ended in disappointing draws.
Polo, who was part of the Ghana squad that won the 1978 African Cup of Nations on home soil, thinks that there are local coaches who can do a better job than the ex-Brighton and Hove Albion boss. He said that Hughton should be replaced by a coach who knows how to play excellent football and can get the best out of the players.
“Chris is not better than some of the coaches we have in the local league who play quality football and have proven themselves,” Polo said in an interview with Rainbow Sports.
“We have seen how they perform in their games and the kind of players they produce. These coaches are clearly superior to the current coach of the Black Stars. We need to sack him and appoint a better coach who understands excellent football.”
When asked to name some of the local coaches who could take over from Hughton, Polo mentioned Kasim Mingle of Bechem United and Michael Osei of Goldstars as potential candidates.
“I want to stress that these coaches have played quality football and deserve to be considered or appointed as the head coach of the national team,” Polo said. “The quality players we see in the local league are trained and developed by our local coaches. So, if these coaches are developing fantastic players and playing quality football, we should give them the job because they deserve it.”