Addo and Hughton: Former Newcastle boss and Borussia Dortmund assistant coach leads Ghana against Nigeria

Ghana have appointed former Newcastle United boss Chris Hughton as technical adviser to Borussia Dortmund assistant coach and new Black Stars caretaker manager Otto Addo.

A statement released by the Ghana Football Association on Wednesday said the pair have been reunited to lead the four-time champions in their 2022 World Cup qualifying play-off against Nigeria next month.

Other members of the ad hoc technical team include Aston Villa U23 boss George Boateng and former Nordsjaelland youth coach Mas-Ud Didi Dramani.

“Former Newcastle United and Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton has been appointed technical adviser to the new Black Stars technical team led by Otto Addo,” the GFA announced on their official website.

“Other members of the new technical team include George Boateng and Mas-Ud Didi Dramani. The 63-year-old will provide technical advice to the three-man squad for next month’s FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 play-off against Nigeria.

“The Ghana Football Association Executive Council took the decision at a meeting held in Accra on Wednesday, February 9, 2022.

“The four-man squad have been assembled to take charge of both matches against their Nigerian rivals.”

Hughton and Addo are the best candidates for the vacant Ghana coaching job since Milovan Rajevac was sacked for a poor Africa Cup of Nations campaign.

A substantial head coach and technical team are expected to be appointed after the Nigeria showdown.

Ghana will host the Super Eagles on March 24 before traveling for the reverse game in Abuja three days later.

“Otto Addo, a former Ghanaian player, is currently the assistant coach of German Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund – he has around 13 years of coaching experience dating back to 2009 when he took up the position of assistant coach at Hamburger SV,” the GFA statement also said.

“The 46-year-old previously worked as a scout for the Black Stars in 2013 ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea.

“The Black Stars will take on the Super Eagles at Cape Coast Stadium on March 24 before traveling to Nigeria for the return leg at Abuja Sports Stadium on Sunday March 27, 2022.”

Ghana are looking to beat Nigeria for a return to the World Cup after missing out on the 2018 edition.

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