Sammy Kuffour: Otto Addo’s Return to Black Stars was the Right Decision


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Ghanaian football legend Samuel Osei Kuffour thinks the Ghana Football Association (GFA) made a wise choice in re-appointing Otto Addo as the head coach of the Black Stars.


Addo served as Ghana’s interim manager from February to December 2024 and guided the country to qualification for the FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

However, he was replaced by Chris Hughton, who was dismissed following the Black Stars’ disappointing group-stage exit at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

The GFA reinstated Addo in March 2024, granting him a three-year contract with the possibility of extending it for an additional two years.

Kuffour, who was Addo’s teammate during the 2006 World Cup, is convinced that the GFA made the correct choice in bringing back the former Borussia Dortmund midfielder as Ghana’s head coach.


Sammy Kuffour / Photo Credit: Alamy

In a conversation with Saddick Adams, Kuffour said, “I had the opportunity to play with him and also saw him as a technical person during the qualifiers against Nigeria and the tournament itself in Qatar.”

“Otto Addo is someone who always wants the best, influenced by his background in Germany. Germans have a different mentality, upbringing, and he knows what he wants.”

He added: “He speaks to me a lot. Sometimes after training, he asks me what I observed. If there’s something about a player’s body language that I didn’t like, he suggests that I talk to the player.”

“Bringing him back was a good choice. Forget about whatever happened at the World Cup and focus on what we are doing now, especially in the World Cup qualifiers.”


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