2022 World Cup: Otto Addo leaps to the defense of ‘under fire’ Baba Rahman

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Head Coach of the Black Stars Otto Addo has leapt to the defense of Baba Rahman after his error in the 3-2 defeat to Portugal on Thursday.

Baba Rahman who lasted the entire duration in the thrilling encounter was found wanting in the 78th minute when João Felix capitalized on his mistake to restore Portugal’s lead.

The error has attracted backlash and has called for the displacement of Baba Rahman from the starting eleven. In spite of the calls, Otto Addo has backed the Reading left-back.

“So, what I don’t like sometimes about press people is that surely you live for negative press. But before, he defended so well. And if you mention this, you have to also point out that before the incident, he defended so well,” said Otto Addo as quoted by Ghanafa.

“He had some good passes upfront, really, really good. It’s difficult. I don’t know if you have played football when you run backwards. The problem was his position. So, if he would have been a little bit faster by taking up inner position that nobody can play in between the lines, they could have only played him in the feet.

“But he was a little bit too wide, coming inside, he was unlucky and the ball went through his legs, really, really unlucky. But its really, really difficult to stop the ball whiles you are running sideways,” Addo added.

The defeat leaves the Black Stars bottom of the group after the first round of games. The team will hope to bounce back to winning ways on Monday when they face South Korea.

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