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2026 WCQ: “We want to qualify, and the best way is to win,” declares Hughton as Ghana kicks off campaign

Coach Chris Hughton is determined to reverse Ghana’s fortunes as they commence their journey in Group I of the African qualifiers for the 2026 Fifa World Cup on Friday, November 17.

Amidst criticism for the Black Stars’ recent performances, Hughton, facing the media before the opening match against Madagascar, expressed his commitment to securing a positive start in the qualifying campaign.

“The pressure I am always under is to win football matches. The most important thing is to make sure we win. We want to qualify, and the best way is to win,” emphasized Hughton during the press conference.

“My responsibilities are always to get the correct results I need for the team, for the [Ghana Football] Association, the country, and supporters.”

Despite the looming 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) in Cote d’Ivoire in a few months, Hughton urged a singular focus on the upcoming match against Madagascar, steering clear of distractions.

“I’m aware of how important these two games are. I know we have the Afcon in January, but at this moment, we are concentrating on these two fixtures,” he asserted.

Ghana faces stiff competition in Group I, featuring Mali, Central African Republic, Madagascar, Comoros, and Chad.

The kickoff for the Ghana vs Madagascar clash is scheduled for 16:00 GMT at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi.


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