Otto Addo returns as coach of Ghana national team


In a move signaling a fresh chapter for Ghanaian football, the Ghana Football Association (GFA) has announced Otto Addo as the new head coach of the Black Stars.

The decision comes on the heels of a meticulous selection process, with Addo identified as the standout candidate to lead the national team.

Addo, 47, makes a triumphant return to the helm of the Black Stars, a position he previously held 15 months ago, guiding the team through the 2022 World Cup campaign in Qatar.

His appointment follows the dismissal of Chris Hughton, who was relieved of his duties after Ghana’s disappointing exit from the recent TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations in Cote d’Ivoire during the group stage.

The GFA revealed on Friday that Addo would assume the reins of the Black Stars under a 34-month contract, with the possibility of extension for an additional two years.

Currently serving on the coaching staff at Bundesliga powerhouse Borussia Dortmund, Addo impressed a five-person panel during an exhaustive interview process.

“Otto was exceptional and was rated highly by the search committee, hence the decision,” remarked GFA president Simeon-Okraku.

“There were some brilliant individuals among the coaches who applied for the job, so the committee took the pain to interview a chunk of them to pick their thoughts.”

Addo will temporarily depart his duties at Dortmund to lead Ghana during this month’s international window before returning to Germany.

However, come May, he will bid farewell to the Bundesliga club permanently, fully dedicating himself to revitalizing the fortunes of the four-time African champions.

“The committee was overly satisfied with Otto’s performance, for which reason he was recommended to the Executive Council for approval,” Okraku added.

A familiar face in Ghanaian football circles, Addo boasts both playing and coaching experience with the Black Stars, having represented the nation on the field and marshaled the coaching staff during the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

As Addo assumes his new role, he confronts the formidable challenge of rejuvenating the national team following their recent setback in failing to advance beyond the group stage of the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations.

With his wealth of experience and a determined spirit, Addo aims to steer the Black Stars back on course toward glory, igniting hopes of a bright future for Ghanaian football.

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