Otto Addo looking forward to leading Ghana at the 2022 FIFA World Cup

Borussia Dortmund talent coach Otto Addo is relishing the opportunity of leading Ghana at the upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup.

It has been a unique lead-up to the 2022 FIFA World Cup for Otto Addo, who is the head coach of the Ghana national team. Appointed in February following Ghana’s disappointing showing at the Africa Cup of Nations, the 47 year old guided his country to World Cup qualification after defeating Nigeria in the play-off. Now he is set to lead his national team’s charge at the World Cup in Qatar.

Otto Addo, who spent six years at Borussia Dortmund as a player before returning to the club as a talent coach in 2019, is looking forward to the responsibility of leading Ghana’s charge in Qatar. In an interview with Ruhr Nachrichten, he said:

“Of course, football is the number one sport in Germany, too. But for the Ghanaians, this World Cup is also an added bonus, because the country is not a big player internationally, politically and economically. Africa is generally underrepresented as a continent, so the World Cup is more than just a sporting event. For all the problems that exist in the country, every victory brings more peace and stability.”

“This is also a new experience for me. I was able to take part in 2006 as a player, and now as a coach. I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

Addo represented Ghana at the 2006 World Cup in Germany, when they reached the round of 16. Another run to the knockout rounds would certainly be the dream scenario for them. Ghana have a number of talented players in their ranks, including Mohammed Kudus and Iñaki Williams.

Ghana are in Group H where they will face Portugal, Uruguay and South Korea. Addo knows that reaching the last 16 will not be easy, but he is confident that they have the quality to spring a few surprises over the course of the World Cup.

“We’ve got some really good players, and as a team we can definitely spring a few surprises if everything goes right,” Addo said.

As for his own future, Otto Addo is planning to leave his role as Ghana’s national team head coach after the World Cup and work exclusively at Borussia Dortmund.