The Ghana Football Association has revealed why they appointed Chris Hughton, Otto Addo, George Boateng and Did Dramani as the four key men to lead the Black Stars at this crucial moment.
According to its communication director, Henry Twum Asante, the GFA believes the four men have the calibre to steer the nation past Nigeria and secure a ticket to Qatar 2022.
The four new appointments were made known last week to replace the team that was sacked following Ghana’s abysmal performance at the 2021 AFCON in Cameroon.
He told Citi Sports, “We believe that the expertise of these four people and their quality is what would guarantee us a place in Qatar,” adding, “They all come in with different backgrounds and collectively we think they have the quality and competence to move us to the next stage”.
Despite the confidence of the GFA and a section of the Ghanaian public in the new technical team, a former GFA President, Dr Nyaho Nyaho-Tamakloe thinks otherwise and would rather the chance be given to local coaches such as current Kumasi Asante Kotoko coach, Dr Prosper Ogum.
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The Accra Hearts of Oak board member stated, “Otto Addo, I don’t know him, and I have nothing against him but he neglected the boys when he was [supposed to have been] a part of the team [for Afcon], and such a person to me hasn’t got passion for the Black Stars”.
“I will suggest that we give a local coach, in person of the trainer of Asante Kotoko coach Dr. Prosper Ogum [the opportunity].
He added that the addition of Chris Hughton to the team is for a reason though he did not categorically state for what reason he is there, however, a cross-section of the public believes the Irish-Ghanaian is being prepared to take over after the team sealed qualification to the global football event. The no-nonsense football administrator however is assured the team is set up from the onset to be a disaster and will definitely fail.
“We shouldn’t be pretending we don’t know why Chris Hughton is in there as the technical advisor. This is a professional coach and you have now named him as an advisor,” Dr. Tamakloe noted.
“When Chris Hughton advises Otto Addo on the touchline, he [Addo] would choose to implement the idea or not to implement the suggestion on the pitch, so you can clearly see this Black Stars technical team will be a disaster. They have been set up to be a disaster. Mark my words.”
The first and most important task for the new technical team led by Otto Addo is to qualify Ghana to the Qatar 2022 World Cup ahead of Nigeria. The two West Africans will face off in March for one of the five slots allocated to CAF in this year’s global event. The Black Stars will host the first leg in Ghana between 23rd March with the return leg in six days time at the Moshood Abiola International Stadium in Abuja. The aggregate winner of the two-legged tie will qualify for the finals to be staged in Qatar later this year.