It’s frustrating when you don’t score as a striker; Inaki’s first goal will do wonders for him — Chris Hughton

Football News Its frustrating when you dont score as a striker; Inakis first goal will do wonders for him —Chris Hughton

Ghana coach Chris Hughton has highlighted the importance of Inaki Williams' first goal for the Black Stars.

Inaki's decisive goal secured a narrow victory for Ghana over Madagascar in their first 2026 World Cup qualifier at the Baba Yara Stadium on Friday.

Despite a less-than-impressive performance from the team, particularly in the first half, the 29-year-old striker played a crucial role, heading home a cross from Gideon Mensah in injury time and ending his goal drought.

“We are relieved as a team. It was a wonderful cross from Gideon, and Inaki at the right place scored.

“He obviously had one goal disallowed which was his moment until such a glorious moment. I think it will do wonders for him because I think when you are a striker and you are still waiting for the first goal, sometimes it can be a bit frustrating.

“Inaki is one that always continues to work for the team so I am really pleased for him,” Hughton told SuperSport.

Hughton expressed his satisfaction with the striker's crucial contribution and believes the goal will boost Inaki's confidence.

Ghana, relieved with the victory, is now focused on building on this result as they prepare to face Comoros in their next World Cup qualifier on Tuesday, November 21.

Gideon Afful Amoako
Gideon Afful Amoako

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