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Chris Hughton: Ghana will need some luck at the World Cup.

  • Chris Hughton, Black Stars technical advisor, believes the team will need a little luck when they compete in the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

For next month’s tournament, Ghana has been placed in a difficult group with Portugal, Uruguay, and South Korea.

Hughton stated that he has no doubt that the team will give their all during the World Cup, but that they will need some luck to succeed.

“One thing I’m confident of is the work Otto and the technical staff have put in. This team will be very well prepared and the players will give everything,” the former Nottingham Forest manager told Daily Mail.

“We will have to play well and we’ll need a bit of luck. But we’ve seen in past tournaments that anything is possible for a country like ours.”

Hughton revealed his specific role in the Black Stars’ preparations for the 2022 World Cup in June.

The 63-year-old was appointed technical advisor ahead of Ghana’s two-legged World Cup playoffs against Nigeria in March, a game in which Ghana won on away goals.

The former Newcastle United manager stated that he only observed training against Nigeria and that he will be more involved during the World Cup.

He stated that, while Otto Addo has the final say, he will be involved in tactics and team selection.

“I was involved against Nigeria but only really watched training. I will be more on the grass this time,” Hughton is quoted as saying.

“Tactics and selection are one thing but there are other issues such as media work. I can help to take some of the pressure off with those things. I will be involved with the coach on tactics and the team we pick but he will have the final say.”

Hughton was born in the United Kingdom to an Irish mother but has Ghanaian ancestors because his father is Ghanaian.

He has managed several Premier League clubs, including Tottenham Hotspur, Newcastle United, and West Ham United.

He also has some international experience, having served as the Republic of Ireland’s assistant manager from 2003 to 2005.

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