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Official: Otto Addo takes charge of Black Stars

The Ghana Football Association (GFA) have appointed Otto Addo as head of the newly-constituted technical team of the Black Stars for next month’s 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying playoff against Nigeria.

Addo, who was an assistant coach during the short reign of Milovan Rajevac, will team up with compatriots Mas-Ud Didi Dramani and George Boateng as assistants.

The appointment of the assistant coach of Borussia Dortmund was made by the GFA’s Executive Council at its meeting Wednesday (Feb 9, 2022).

It also named former Newcastle United and Brighton and Hove Albion manager, Chris Hughton, as Technical Advisor to the three-man team for the playoff.

Hughton, 63, born in London to Irish and Ghanaian parents, had been strongly linked to the vacant coaching job following the sacking last month of Rajevac following Ghana’s abysmal performance at the just-ended Africa Cup of nations tournament in Cameroun where the Black Stars exited at the group phase with Ghana’s worst ever AFCON record.

Last week, a three-man delegation, led by GFA President, Mr Kurt Okraku met with officials of Dortmund to seek the release of Addo for the upcoming fixture with Nigeria, as well as other areas of technical cooperation between the FA and the German Bundesliga club.

Addo, 46, was the FA’s preferred choice to lead the team against Nigeria because of his knowledge with the team’s players and the dressing room as one of Rajevac’s backroom staff during the 2022 World Cup qualifying competition.

He also played the role as chief scout for Ghana at the 2014 FIFA world Cup in Brazil and at the 2015 AFCON in Equatorial Guinea.

He holds a UEFA Pro Licence in coaching and has 13 years experience in coaching dating back to 2009 when he took up his first job as an assistant coach of the Under-19 team of German side, Hamburger SV, and later as an assistant coach of the senior team.

Credit: Graphic Sports

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