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Ghana faces toughest World Cup challenge against Portugal

National team manager Otto Addo will participate in his second World Cup with Ghana. First, as a player in 2006, and now as a head coach. And he will guide the youngest team in the Qatar 2022 tournament through the toughest group.

Cultural Reset

After Ghana failed to qualify for the knockout stage for the first time in African Cup of Nations’ history, Addo became the interim head coach. The objective at hand is to qualify for the World Cup against rival Nigeria in the Jollof Derby. The Black Stars win 1-1 on away goals and as a result, Ghana’s FA removes the interim tag from Addo’s title. The 47-year-old has already announced he will step down from the position after the competition. Stakes are high for the former Ghana international, and he wants to make Black Stars’ supporters proud for many reasons.

Addo said this to German newspaper Ruhr Nachrichten:

“…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.”

Tactical Changes

Addo is a native German, born in Hamburg to Ghanaian immigrants. He played as a winger for six teams in his 16-year career, most notably Borussia Dortmund. As someone who switched nationalities himself, he’s been able to convince Inaki Williams and Tariq Lamptey to join the Black Stars. They have the potential to be key players in the team, joining Ajax’s Mohammed Kudus and Arsenal’s Thomas Partey.

During the year, Addo has used several lineups to figure out the best formation and tactical positioning for his squad. It seems like the 4-2-3-1 is his preference, with the 4-3-3 being second. In both setups, Kudus is the X-Factor. He is either playing higher up the field as a number 10 or linking play between…

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Author : Dan Adu-Gyamfi

Publish date : 2022-11-24 03:00:00

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