Criticisms  don’t  affect me – Chris Hughton

Story: Sports Desk

Black Stars head coach Chris Hughton says he is unfazed by the criticism from some Ghana Football Association (GFA) officials since he took over the coaching job.

The Irish Ghanaian coach has been the subject of strong criticism from Executive Council members of the GFA with Randy Abbey and George Amoako going public with their concerns.

The team manager of the Black Stars Ameenu Shardow joined the public queries when he quizzed the performances of the team under the former Norwich City manager.

The vice president of the association, Mark Addo, also added his voice to the growing concerns around the 64-year-old who has only won once in his three games since being named the head coach of the Black Stars.

However, Hughton says such criticisms have become ‘normal’ for him and pays less attention to them.

“This is normal. This is something that I’ve found since I’ve been here…whenever I’m going to games, people and supporters will come up to me and tell me what they think,” he told Asaase Radio. “So, one thing I’m always conscious of is football is highs and lows and when you are on the back of what I regard as a poor result, and our last result against Madagascar was not the result that we wanted is that there’s always going to be a reaction.

“This is for me, this is normal, can’t expect for everything to be good and to be praised all the time. I’m never affected.”

The Black Stars are currently in Accra and are expected to fly out to Kumasi for Thursday’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Central African Republic.

Ghana needs to avoid a defeat to sail through to the continental showpiece.

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