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Black Stars: Returnee Otto Addo defends technical team composition amidst criticism

Back-to-batan Black Stars coach, Otto Addo has robustly defended his choice of technical team members amidst widespread media skepticism over their experience.

Addo, who recently secured a 34-month contract, announced the appointment of ex-Black Stars players John Paintsil and Fatau Dauda, along with Moroccan-German coach Joseph Laumann, to his backroom.

Criticism has been loud over the perceived inexperience of Addo’s picks.

Nevertheless, the 43-year-old coach offered a rationale for his selections, emphasizing the personal and professional connections he shares with each member.

Speaking to the Ghana FA website, Addo highlighted the unique contributions each new appointee brings to the team.

“I played with John Paintsil together. For Fatau Dauda, I met him in 2014 at the World Cup… Joe (Joseph Laumann), I know him from Germany and he is absolutely an expert,” Addo explained, underlining the comprehensive abilities and insights his new team members offer.

Detailing the benefits his technical team has already brought, Addo remarked, “They have given me very, very important inputs… I can feel after the first four days that they have helped me to improve and this is what we want to have.”

Joseph Laumann takes the role of first assistant, with John Paintsil and Fatau Dauda serving as the second assistant and goalkeeper’s trainer, respectively.

The Black Stars are preparing for a friendly match against Uganda, set to take place at the Stade de Marrakesh on Tuesday, March 26. Kickoff is scheduled for 16:00GMT.


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