Otto Addo will coach Ghana at the 2022 World Cup. The talented coach of Borussia Dortmund made the announcement.
After helping the Black Stars qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup by defeating Nigeria in the final play-off round in March, Addo emerged as a favorite to take over as coach of the team.
He was named as a stop-gap coach, with Aston Villa U-19 coach George Boateng and Nordsjaelland’s Mas-ud Didi Dramani as his assistant coaches.
“We have now fortunately discussed it to the end. I have been given permission by Dortmund,” the 46-year-old revealed in a podcast of the “Hamburger Abendblatt”, confirming that he will coach Ghana at the World Cup in Qatar (21 November to 18 December).
Addo explained that BVB manager Sebastian Kehl did not want to spoil his dream of the World Cup – and that there was even the possibility that he could also “do the internationals in June and September under certain conditions”. However, he would “definitely” coach the team at the World Cup.
As a player, Addo played a total of 15 international matches for Ghana between 1999 and 2006 and most recently also served as co-coach for the West Africans. However, he did not play in the Africa Cup in January, where the “Black Stars” failed in the preliminary round for the first time since 2006 – BVB had not called him up for the tournament.
At the beginning of February, the Westphalians gave their okay for the Hamburg-born coach to take over as national coach on an interim basis.
Shortly afterwards, the 46-year-old led Ghana to the World Cup finals in the play-off duels against Nigeria and can now look forward to duels with Portugal, Uruguay and South Korea.