2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers: Chris Hughton silent on starting goalkeeper for Angola tie

Published on: 23 March 2023

Chris Hughton has refused to confirm his first-choice goalkeeper for Black Stars game against Angola in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers later today.

Ghana will host the Palancas Negras at the Baba Yara Stadium in a doubleheader.

Joseph Wollacott has returned to the squad having missed out on the 2022 World Cup through injury.

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 but conceded seven goals at the tournament.

Abdul Manaf Nurudeen after establishing himself as a great penalty stopper in the Kirin Cup last year remains hopeful ahead of the clash.

Hughton speaking to the press on Wednesday 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.

“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 game has been scheduled to kick off at 16:00GMT. The Black Stars will travel to Luanda for the reverse game on March 27.

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.

The Black Stars are joint top of Group E alongside Angola with both teams with four points after two games.