Coach Otto is hoping to lead the Black Stars to shine at the upcoming Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup. Though he is likely to meet a stiffer opposition from top class coaches at the mundial, the young coach believes he has the tactical prowess to face any challenge.
Otto Addo was part of the Black Stars team for their first ever FIFA World Cup experience in Germany 2006. Among some of his playing mates were Stephen Appiah, Asamoah Gyan, Sulley Muntari, Michael Essien among others.
Richard “Olele” Kingston who is now part of the Black Stars technical team as Goalkeepers Tainer was in the post at the Germany 2006 world cup.
Otto Addo was not a regular starter in the four matches that the Black Stars played. However on the few occasions that he was brought in by Coach Ratomir Djuckovic, alias Doya he was effective with his skills and accurate passes.
After the work Cup, Otto Addo totally missed from the Black Stars team until just two years ago when GFA President Kurt Okraku and the Black Stars Management Committee decided to bring him on board.
This time round to play a role in the technical direction. Otto Addo was appointed as an assistant coach to Coach Milovan Rajevac. Addo failed to appear at the AFCON 2022 held in Cameroon in January for reasons best known to him.
The Stars failed woefully. They picked only a point from three games and thus dropped from the tournament. Milo was subsequently sacked and Addo took over for the huge task against Nigeria – a world cup decider.
Against all odds, Otto Addo delivered to perfection qualifying Ghana for their fourth FIFA World Cup against the Super Eagles of Nigeria. It was goalless in Kumasi and 1-1 at the Moshood Abiola Stadium.
Now the stakes are high. Ghana is in Group H together with Portugal, Uruguay and South Korea. Otto Addo as a player in 2006 reached 1/16 stage where they were kicked out by Brazil after a 3-0 defeat.
Sixteen years on in Qatar, where will Addo get to as a coach? That is the question for him to solely answer.