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Inaki Williams’ last-minute heroics potentially saves Chris Hughton’s job as Ghana coach

In a dramatic turn of events, Inaki Williams emerged as the savior for Chris Hughton, potentially rescuing the coach’s job with the Black Stars.

His last-minute strike not only secured a crucial victory against Madagascar in the 2026 World Cup qualifier but potentially served as a lifeline for Hughton’s job.

The match against Madagascar on Friday hang in the balance, until the Athletic Bilbao star seized the opportunity in the dying moments, to score his first goal for the Ghanaian national team.

With speculations surrounding Hughton’s position due to the team’s inconsistent performances, the pressure at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi was palpable.

As the clock ticked down, it seemed like a tense conclusion awaited both the team and their coach.

Until Inaki rose above the crowd with virtually the last kick off the game to head home from a delightful cross by Gideon Mensah.

The significance of Williams’ goal extends beyond the scoreboard, as it may have provided the much-needed respite for Hughton, offering him a glimmer of hope amid the uncertainties surrounding his position.

Only time will tell if this pivotal moment will indeed be the turning point that secures Chris Hughton’s continued leadership of the Black Stars.

Ghana will now turn their attention to the next challenge against Comoros in Moroni on Tuesday. The match is scheduled at Stade de Moroni where Chris Hughton and his team will look to build on their momentum.


Daraja Kapoor

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