World Cup 2022: Otto Addo Leaves Role As Ghana Coach After Group Stage Exit

World Cup 2022: Otto Addo Leaves Role As Ghana Coach After Group Stage Exit

Isaac Darko
December 2, 2022 at 7:55 PM
  • Otto Addo has decided to resign as head coach of the senior national team of Ghana after their World Cup elimination
  • The former Black Stars midfielder was appointed as the boss of the four-time African champions in February this year
  • He led Ghana to qualify for the Qatar World Cup at the expense of the Super Eagles of Nigeria

Ghana coach Otto Addo has announced he is stepping down from his role on the back of a woeful group-stage exit at the World Cup.

The Black Stars' failure to beat Uruguay in their final Group H match led Addo to confirm his exit after more than six months in charge.

Addo announced his contract would not be renewed after Ghana's 2-0 defeat to Uruguay confirmed their early elimination.

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Otto Addo has resigned as Black Stars coach following their World Cup group-stage elimination. Photos by Richard Sellers/Elsa
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Speaking after the game against the South Americans on Friday, the 47-year-old confirmed that he intends to stick to his word, in moving on with immediate effect.

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"I said when I started as an assistant in October last year that it was clear I would stop after the World Cup," Addo said via Yahoo Sports.
"At the moment, me and my family see our future in Germany. I like my role at Dortmund."
"We’re very happy there. From the first day, I said if we qualify for the World Cup, I would resign after, no matter what, even if we were world champions.’
"This is a decision for my family."

Addo took to the helm after he replaced the sacked Milovan Rajevac in February, initially as interim boss, and was given a deal until the end of December.

The former Black Stars winger is set to continue his role as talent coach at German giants Borussia Dortmund.

A first-half brace from Giorgian de Arrascaeta could not save Uruguay from elimination due to the result of the other Group H game. South Korea defeated Portugal 2-1 to progress to the last 16.

Ghana, however, are headed home after the defeat to Uruguay.

Ghanaians slam Andre Ayew

Meanwhile, Ghanaians have criticised Andre Ayew he made a horrendous miss from the penalty spot which would have put the African nation ahead in their grudge match with Uruguay.

The Black Stars were awarded a penalty after Mohammed Kudus was brought down by goalkeeper Sergio Rochet.

After a lengthy VAR inspection, German referee Daniel Siebert pointed to the spot, and Ayew stepped up to the spot.

No vengeance for Otto Addo

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Ghana manager Otto Addo insists his side will not be seeking revenge against Uruguay in the final Group H clash on Friday, December 2 at the Al Janoub Stadium.

Friday's make-or-break tie for both teams is a repeat of the 2010 quarterfinal clash which Uruguay won on controversial circumstances aided by a Luis Suarez handball.

A Suarez deliberate handball denied a goal-bound effort from Dominic Adiyiah with the resultant penalty crashing against the crossbar as Uruguay rode on to win on penalty shootouts.

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