Otto Addo: Ghana Coach Rules Out Black Stars Being Favourites Ahead of Uganda Clash

Otto Addo: Ghana Coach Rules Out Black Stars Being Favourites Ahead of Uganda Clash

Lukman Mumuni
updated at March 25, 2024 at 6:32 AM
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  • Otto Addo has opened up ahead of Ghana's friendly against Uganda
  • The Black Stars hope to bounce back after a defeat to rivals Nigeria
  • Ghana are preparing ahead of the 2026 World Cup qualifiers in June

Black Stars coach Otto Addo insists Ghana will not underestimate Uganda ahead of their international friendly on Tuesday in Marrakech, Morocco.

The four-time African champions will engage the Cranes as part of preparations ahead of the return of the World Cup qualifiers in June.

Ghana lost to arch-rivals Nigeria on Friday and will hope to bounce back against Uganda on Tuesday.

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Otto Addo leads the Black Stars in training ahead of Uganda friendly. Credit: @GhanaBlackstars
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However, Addo believes Uganda will be a tough test for his team, adding it will also offer him the opportunity to test some new players.

"We have Uganda on Tuesday and the boys I think they played good but if they think it will be an easy game, then they are wrong," he said after the game against Niger, as quoted by the FA's official website.
"Uganda is very, very good. I watched them a little bit before now, I have to go deeper. They have really, really good players, we have to have a good plan if we want to win this game. I don’t see us as favourites; it will be an even game," he added.

The former Ghana and Borussia Dortmund player is also looking at exploiting the options available following the absence of key players Mohammed Kudus, Thomas Partey and Inaki Williams.

"I have to think about how we play, and maybe we need some fresh legs. For me, the most important thing is to get options and to get solutions for the upcoming games so these friendly matches are very, very important for us to know how they play and how they can adapt and take it to the World Cup qualifiers in June," he said.

The Black Stars will face Mali and the Central African Republic in June when the 2026 World Cup qualifiers resume, per US Soccerway.

Addo impressed with Amankwah Forson

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Black Stars coach, Otto Addo praised RB Salzburg midfielder Amankwah Forson, after an impressive display on his Ghana debut.

The 21-year-old made his first appearance for the Ghana national team in the friendly game against Nigeria in Marrakech, Morocco.

Forson started and produced glimpses of quality with his deft touches and incisive ball-passing ability before he was later replaced by Kassim Nuhu.

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Lukman Abdul Mumin is a Sports Journalist based in Accra, Ghana. He has been writing for the past five years. Lukman joined Sports Brief as an Editor for the Local Desk in 2022.