Chris Hughton's decision to tour venues will help make Premier League more appealing - Bechem United boss Kingsley Owusu-Achau

Published on: 15 June 2023

President and owner of Bechem United, Kingsley Owusu-Achau beleives Chris Hughton's decision to tour at the various stadia will make the Ghana Premier League more appealing and help retain talented players.

The former Premier League manager after signing a 21-month deal as the head coach of the Black Stars in March announced that he will monitor the topflight with the aim of building a formidable national team.

Hughton has visited several stadia during the course of the season.

Having left out local players in his initial 24-man squad for the matchday five games against Madagascar in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers, Hafiz Konkoni, who scored 15 goals in the just-ended Ghana Premier League season earned a late call-up to join the camp of the senior national team for the game on Sunday.

According to Mr Owusu-Achau, talented players will be retained in the country with the decision of the Black Stars coach's willingness to watch the top flight.

"By extensively travelling across the country to explore the possibility of including local players in the squad, Coach Hughton's actions bring refreshing news," he told Graphic Sports.

"This has the potential to make the local league more appealing and retain talented players within it," he added.

Meanwhile, the Black Stars are expected to leave the shores of the country later today for the game that will be staged at the Mahamasina Municipal Stadium in Antananarivo on Sunday with kick-off scheduled at 17:00GMT.