Ghana coach Otto Addo has heaped praises on Black Stars’ number one keeper Jojo Wollacot who pulled some incredible saves in Abuja to keep Ghana’s chances of going to the World Cup intact.
The young chap who faced massive criticisms after Ghana’s disastrous campaign in Cameroon during the last Afcon justified himself when he performed creditably well in the two-legged match against the Super Eagles of Nigeria for the sole ticket to Qatar.
Otto Addo while talking to the media after the grueling encounter at the Moshood Abiola Sports Stadium where they held Nigeria to a 1-1 draw, expressed his excitement over the win saying, “I’m really delighted, exhausted, it was a tough match and we fought our way through,” he told Multimedia reporters.
“We had big big problems, especially in the first half, and through some changes, the players gave their tactics very well, and still they (the Nigerians) had some good chances.”
He then singled out Wollacot for his impressive performance;
“Our goalkeeper was there when we needed him and we had a little bit of lunch also because if you see the chances the Nigerians were better. I feel a bit pity for them but this is a football, sometimes and we fought our way through”, he added.
The Ghana Football Association has named Otto Addo as the next Black Stars coach, with Chris Hughton as the team’s technical advisor.
George Boateng and Mas-Ud Didi Dramani are also on the new technical team.
Chris Hughton will coach the three-man squad in the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 play-off match against Nigeria next month.
The GFA dismissed Milovan Rajevac for guiding Ghana to its worst ever AFCON campaign.
Read the GFA’s complete statement below:
Former Newcastle United and Brighton and Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton has been appointed as Technical Advisor to the newly constituted Black Stars Technical team led by Otto Addo.
Other members of the new Technical team include George Boateng and Mas-Ud Didi Dramani. The 63- year old will provide Technical advice to the three-man team for next month’s FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 play-off match against Nigeria.
The Executive Council of the Ghana Football Association took the decision at a meeting held in Accra on Wednesday, February 9, 2022. Otto Addo, a former Ghana player is currently the Assistant Coach of German Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund – he boasts of about 13 years of Coaching experience that dates back to 2009 when he first took up the job of an Assistant Coach at Hamburger SV.
The 46-year old previously worked as a scout for the Black Stars in 2013 prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea.
The four-man team has been put together to take charge of the two matches against rivals Nigeria. The Black Stars will take on the Super Eagles at the Cape Coast stadium on March 24 before travelling to Nigeria for the 2nd leg at the Abuja Sports stadium on Sunday, March 27, 2022.