Black Stars

Executive Council member of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Kwesi Appiah believes Black Stars will need a bit of time to perform under Chris Hughton.

The senior national team under Hughton has seen little progression with several football fans raising concerns ahead of the 2026 World Cup qualifiers and the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Ivory Coast next year.

The Black Stars suffered a 2-0 defeat against Mexico and a 4-0 defeat against the US men’s national team as part of preparations ahead of the international assignment next month.

Having watched both games, Appiah, who is now the head coach of the Sudanese national team speaking on Asempa FM’s Ultimate Sports Show said the playing body will need time to come good.

“Black Stars need a bit of time to gel. I was able to watch the games but most of the time, as a coach, my concentration is not on the results. As a coach, you will have to pick positives from the results and that also helps you to build a good team and also helps you in your decision-making in the progression of the team” the 65-year-old said.

“Sometimes when you win, it has its negative effect as well so I will only say let’s give ourselves the time to shape the team,” he added.

Ghana will take on Madagascar and Comoros in the World Cup qualifiers next month.

Chris Hughton and his charges will hope to win the first two games to boost their confidence ahead of the AFCON next year.