It was Chris Hughton's decision not to feature Hafiz Konkoni against Madagascar - Bechem United chief

Published on: 06 July 2023

Communications Director of Bechem United, Emmanuel Gyasi Atuahene has revealed that striker Hafiz Wontah Konkoni did not feature against Madagascar due to technical reasons.

The promising striker was handed a late call-up for the matchday five qualifiers of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

The 23-year-old was part of a list of forwards that included Kwasi Okyere Wreidt, Andre Ayew and Jordan Ayew.

However, he wasn’t named in the match-day squad for the crucial game.

And according to Atuahene, Chris Hughton's decision not to feature the striker who scored 15 goals in the 2022/23 Ghana Premier League season was due to technical reasons.

“Per the conversations that I had with the player (Hafiz Konkoni), it was purely because of technical reasons so I think it was a decision by the head coach (Chris Hughton) and then that was it,” Atuahene said.

Ghana drew 1-1 with Madagascar to miss out on booking a spot at next year’s AFCON in Cote D’Ivoire with a game to spare.

The Black Stars take on the Central African Republic next on September 4.