Former spokesperson of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Ibrahim Sannie Daara has backed Otto Addo to lead Ghana for the 2022 FIFA World Cup playoffs against Nigeria.
The GFA and the Government of Ghana are currently embroiled over the appointment of a new Head Coach for the Black Stars.
GFA is backing Otto Addo to occupy the vacant role on interim basis and lead Ghana in the playoff of the World Cup qualifier in March, whiles the government are firm on appointing former Newcastle boss Chris Hughton permanently.
Wadding into the topic that has become a debate in the Ghana football circles, Sannie Daara believes Otto Addo is the right man to lead Ghana for the playoff because he knows the players.
“We’re just about 4 weeks to playing against Nigeria. Anything other than being focused on that match against Nigeria is us shooting ourselves in the foot. And I say these things for two reasons, while journalists have been sent on a wild goose chase, the Nigerians are focused,” he told Joy FM.
“They will name their squad for the game against Ghana in the coming days, we don’t have anybody in charge. So the wisest thing the GFA can do is to look for somebody that knows the squad, that knows the players, has worked with the players, knows the psyche of Ghanaian players and can move to stabilize the team in the midst of this outing in the AFCON that does not impress all of us, so that we can go with a strong face to face Nigeria,” he said.
“Anything other than that will further damage the team and will give us no chance in playing against Nigeria. And for that matter for me, Otto Addo ticks all the boxes,” he said.
The playoff will take place between Wednesday, March 23 to Tuesday, March 29. The first leg will be played in Ghana and the return leg in Nigeria days later.
The winner of the tie will earn a place at the
2022 World Cup to be played in Qatar between
21 November to 18 December.