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2014 World Cup: Ghana scout Otto Addo confident Black Stars will match up to massive might of Germany

Published on: 19 June 2014
Ghana scout Otto Addo with Stephen Appiah

German-born Ghanaian coach Otto Addo is confident of a significant improvement of the Black Stars team in their second 2014 World Cup game against Germany on Saturday.

The Black Stars are in desperate need of points to resurrect their campaign in Brazil going into the weekend’s clash against the three-time winners in Fortaleza.

Ghana were handed a shocking 2-1 defeat by the United States in their opening Group G game last Monday in Natal.

The defeat puts the African giants in a very delicate situation where they desperately need points off Germany - who blew away Portugal in their opening group fixture – to reignite their bid in Brazil.

And Otto Addo who played out his entire professional football in Germany and now a member of the Black Stars’ backroom staff believes Ghana will come good against the European giants.

“They have a good team and there is no doubt about that but even against Portugal there were chances. It will be difficult but we will have our chances,” Addo said. “There are many weaknesses [in German team] but they are issues I will discuss with the coach and I hope we will find the right decisions and the players find the right decisions to win this game.

“There are a lot of things to be done better and probably defending is one of them.

“I know they can be done better than the players. I am 100 per cent sure they will do that against Germany.”

Ghana will continue with their preparations in their team base in Maceio until Friday when they travel to Fortaleza for the game on Saturday.


This article has 9 comment(s), give your comment
  • PeeWee says:
    June 19, 2014 11:57 am
    Ghana has never beaten a western European country at senior level; is that gonna change on Saturday? I doubt it, but let's wait and see...strange things are happening at this WC tournament.
  • Emma says:
    June 19, 2014 11:19 am
    Almost all the players said they were going to surprise the world. Obviously beating Germany will be a very big surprise indeed. But did they have to lose to the USA in order to spring a surprise? I can only wish their dreams come true.
  • yaw2 says:
    June 19, 2014 01:23 pm
    AA is here to stay,his contract just get extended if dont no now now you no...
  • chicken says:
    June 19, 2014 01:23 pm
    capito you should have informed Appiah with his selection pls lets me informed my ghana people the germans will destroy our team
  • Boro says:
    June 19, 2014 03:27 pm
    We called for his contract to be renewed to motivate him to take us to the semis. If he fails with all this crop of players then somebody should give me one reason he should be maintained? He will be sacked and the case closed for our local coaches managing the BS, atleast for the next twenty years.
  • Benny says:
    June 20, 2014 12:54 am
    His contract has been renewed so he cannot be sacked ,is that what you think?ignorance is a curse.
  • PITO says:
    June 19, 2014 09:26 am
    Where is that vim we used to face Egypt in Kumasi right from the blow of the whistle? The Game begins right from the whistle blow. Our players think they have time to relax at the start of the game. Where is team psychologist?Our players keep missing chance upon chance in a frenzy!This is a psychological problem!
  • Benny says:
    June 19, 2014 09:41 am
    So where was Oti Akenteng,Stephen Appiah ,otto Addo and Maxwell Konadu when AA made that childish decision to bench KPB in place of Atsu.They are surely getting paid as back room staff.For all their playing experience non of them could convince AA that his ploy will backfire.They all need the sack ,all the entourage . The Germans are beatable but what if USA beat Portugal?we would have to beat Portugal at any cost. Ah AA why? Why are you soooooooo clueless? Why are so naive ? Playing favouritism with hearts of Ghanaians. What was AA expecting introducing Adomah in the game? Even if we win the cup,AA should be sacked.
  • Fred B Kyeremeh says:
    June 19, 2014 09:41 am
    It will be suicidal to play both Essien and Muntari is the holding role.Essien is not the same again.He still has something to offer but he cannot run and against pacy opponents,they will run over our midfield.Muntari has never been blessed with pace and we saw it in Dempsey's goal against us.Both players cannot run.Muntari is a sure starter but i believe he should be paired with a more mobile combative midfielder like Agyeman Badu or even Rabiu,who in my opinion didnt fare bad for a player returning for long term injury.He was substituted due to the yellow card and also because we were chasing the game and needed Essien to be playing balls through.At that time,the USA midfield was not threatening and so the team could afford taking Rabiu out. Agyeman Badu will do better providing cover with Sulley.He also has the ability to box forward and provide useful shots at goal just like Sulley.They should be played together IF(emphasis on IF)Badu is training well currently and on form. Ghana can surprise Germany.