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THE RETURN: Otto Addo’s maiden speech after Black Stars appointment

In his first public address since his return to the helm of Ghana’s senior national football team, newly appointed Coach Otto Addo shared insights into his expectations for the team’s upcoming match against Nigeria.

The two West African giants are set to clash in an international friendly scheduled to take place in Morocco later this evening.

Reflecting on the changes within the squad since his last tenure, Coach Addo highlighted the significant turnover due to injuries, resulting in the introduction of several new faces to the team.

“I am happy to be back, it’s been quite interesting because if you compare the squad now to the squad at the AFCON, there have been a lot of replacements because of injuries,” he stated in an interview with the Ghana Football Association website.

With a mix of seasoned players and promising newcomers, Coach Addo emphasized the importance of ensuring that his football philosophy is well understood and implemented by the players.

“We have had like seven/eight new players in camp with less experience but with a bright future in front of them and I think it was quite interesting to see them on the pitch to take in good positions against the ball and with the ball, adapting to my philosophy and my style of play so I am really looking forward to tomorrow,” he explained.

The coach expressed particular excitement about the opportunity for the younger players to showcase their talent and integrate with the more experienced members of the squad.

“Especially for the young boys to show their quality and then with the combination with those who have experience with those who have been here for some time to guide them and I think it will be an interesting match,” he added.

As anticipation builds for the friendly encounter against Nigeria, Coach Otto Addo’s return signals a new chapter for the Blackstars, with hopes high for a successful campaign under his leadership.

Ghana plays Nigeria at 4pm Friday evening in Marrakech.

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