Former Black Stars defender Rashid Sumaila strongly backs coach Chris Hughton amid criticism over the team’s lackluster performance in the 2026 World Cup qualifiers.
Despite a hard-fought 1-0 victory against Madagascar, Ghana faced a setback with a narrow defeat to Comoros, leading to increased calls for Hughton’s dismissal. The Coelacanths secured a 43rd-minute strike by midfielder Myziane Maolida at the Stade Malouzini in Moroni on Tuesday night.
Speaking on Koforidua-based Bryt FM, Sumaila asserted, “Chris Hughton must stay,” urging Ghanaians to demonstrate patience and unwavering support for the national team.
Despite the challenging start to the qualifiers, Sumaila expressed confidence that the team would improve over time.
“They will come good as time goes on, so we should exercise patience for the boys. We should all pray and support the team no matter what the situation is,” he emphasized.
With Ghana now shifting their focus to the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations scheduled for January and February 2024 in Ivory Coast, Sumaila’s endorsement of Hughton carries the hope that the team can rebound and deliver a more promising performance in the upcoming tournament.