Next Black Stars coach must be awarded three year deal or more - Sports Minister Mustapha Ussif

Published on: 02 March 2024

Youth and Sports Minister, Mustapha Ussif, advocates for a strategic approach in appointing the next Black Stars coach, suggesting a minimum three-year contract to foster team development.

Following the departure of Chris Hughton post the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) due to the team's unsatisfactory performance, the senior national team is currently without a permanent head coach.

Hughton's tenure witnessed a disappointing start in the tournament with a loss against Cape Verde and draws against Egypt and Mozambique.

To address the coaching vacuum, a five-member committee was formed to recommend a suitable candidate to the Executive Council of the Ghana Football Association (GFA). Although the committee has concluded its report, the official announcement is pending.

Expressing his views in an interview, Minister Ussif emphasized the importance of stability in coaching appointments for team growth. He stressed that short-term contracts hinder the progress of the team, advocating for long-term commitments.

"I have proposed that the next Black Stars coach must be awarded a three-year deal or more," Minister Ussif stated during an interview with Asempa FM, highlighting the necessity for a change in approach to propel the team forward.

Meanwhile, multiple reports in the media suggest that Otto Addo is leading the race to be reappointed as Black Stars coach.