Hughton silent on starting goalkeeper for Angola match

Black Stars coach Chris Hughton has refused to reveal his first-choice goalkeeper for the team’s match against Angola in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers on Thursday at the Baba Yara Stadium.

Joseph Wollacott who manned the post most of the time under former coaches Milovan Rajevac and Otto Addo until his finger injury before the 2022 World Cup is available for selection despite sustaining a minor injury on Tuesday evening.

St. Gallen shot-stopper Lawrence Ati Zigi filled in the gap for the Charlton Athletic man, keeping the post for Ghana in all three matches in Qatar last year.

Despite a poor record of conceding seven goals in the tournament, he has performed impressively for his club and is eying the number one spot for the Black Stars as well while Manaf Nurudeen after establishing himself as a great penalty stopper in the Kirin Cup last year remains hopeful.

Chris Hughton ahead of his maiden match as a Black Stars coach refused to name any of the three keepers in his squad as his best choice while urging fans and journalists to remain calm until his starting eleven is named on Thursday.

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“I can’t tell it at the moment but I will name my team tomorrow and we will all see who is starting tomorrow [against Angola,” Hughton told the media.

The team held their final training session at the Baba Yara Stadium on Wednesday and look set for the game apart from Mohammed Salisu failed to train due to fitness issues.

Ghana and Angola both have four points in Group E of the qualifiers.

 

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