Ghana Sign Deal to Retain Otto Addo and Chris Hughton 

Ghana Agree Deal to Retain Otto Addo and Chris Hughton (News Central TV)

Ghana have agreed to keep Otto Addo as head coach of the Black Stars, with Chris Hughton remaining as technical advisor.

In March, Addo led Ghana to World Cup qualification, beating fierce West African rivals Nigeria on the away goals rule after a 1-1 draw in Abuja.

Addo, who also works for German Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund, was appointed interim coach of the national team in February after Milovan Rajevac was fired following a group-stage exit from the Africa Cup of Nations.

The 46-year-old collaborated with former Newcastle and Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton, who joined the Ghana Football Association following Rajevac’s departure.

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Hughton, 63, will assist Addo in preparing the squad for the World Cup in Qatar, with George Boateng and Mas-Ud Didi Dramani serving as assistants.

Chris Hughton

The contracts of the quartet will expire at the end of December. “Before the qualification games I knew of Otto, his history and where he worked – but I didn’t know him personally,” Hughton told reporters.

“I knew he was well-thought of and has had a good football education. He is at Dortmund, which is a very forward-thinking club and he is part of the processes there.

“We have got on very well and are having regular conversations now.”

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Hughton says his role will be to support Addo and his staff and “take the pressure” off the technical team.

“I know the balance.

“I will be involved in lots of the dialogue with the technical staff but with regards to squad, team selection and tactics, I know that is the responsibility of the coach. Any way I can help him and support him in that, I will do,” Hughton added.

Addo spent his entire playing career in Germany, but he earned 15 international caps for Ghana, including a spot in the 2006 World Cup.

Ghana has been drawn in Group H with Portugal, South Korea, and Uruguay for the World Cup finals later this year.

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