Ghana Coach Chris Hughton Reportedly Attacked by Fan After Afcon Opener Loss. Following Ghana’s 2-1 defeat to Cape Verde in the 2023 Afcon Group B opener, reports indicate that Black Stars coach Chris Hughton was allegedly attacked by a fan at the team’s hotel. The incident occurred after Ghana conceded an early goal in the 17th minute and later equalized through Alexander Djiku before Cape Verde secured a last-gasp victory with a goal from Garry Rodrigues.
Ghanaian journalist Saddick Adams shared the news on his social media account, stating that a member of the Ghanaian supporters in Abidjan has been arrested for the attack on Coach Hughton. Diplomats from Ghana intervened to save the coach, and the unidentified assailant has been turned over to the Ivorian Police.
In response to the defeat, Hughton expressed deep disappointment, emphasizing the team’s intention to start on the front foot with a modified game plan. Despite equalizing during the match, Ghana couldn’t secure a positive result. Looking ahead, Ghana will face Egypt in their next Group B fixture on Thursday.
The reported attack on the coach underscores the intensity and emotional reactions that can follow disappointing results in high-stakes football tournaments. The incident also highlights the challenges faced by coaches and players, who sometimes become targets for frustrated fans.