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Otto Addo: Borussia Dortmund and Ghana coach admits juggling career with family has been tough

Published on: 18 May 2022

Borussia Dortmund assistant coach Otto Addo has revealed his dual role with Ghana has affected his family commitment. 

Addo, 46, says juggling family and work has not been easy since he assumed the caretaker role of the Ghana national team.

The former Ghana star pulled the chestnut out of the blazing fire to qualify the West Africans to their fourth global showpiece after a remarkable success over regional rivals Nigeria.

The former Ghana midfielder turned the screws on the Super Eagles, edging the populous nation on the away goal rule to secure passage to the gulf.

Addo was hired on an interim basis to take full charge of the team after the Black Stars disastrous campaign at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.

And he has revealed to what extent the family situation played in the decision-making process.

"It's manageable: I have a contract for six months until after the World Cup. We have international matches in June, a ten-day trip in September and then the preparation for the World Cup and the tournament are on the agenda," the gaffer is quoted by Transfermarkt

"We come from a completely different base when it comes to that – during my year and a half in Denmark I was home once a week. During my first year in Mönchengladbach, too, I spent a maximum of once a week with my family, more like every two weeks.

"Of course, family life is always a challenge, especially when you have children. But I'm not the only coach or player who knows that."

Addo took over as Ghana coach after Milovan Rajevac failed to advance to the last 16 of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon, finishing bottom of their group.

The Otto Addo led-technical team ended their contract with the Ghana Football Association after the 2022 World Cup playoffs.

The gaffer,  who has now gotten the permission to lead the Black Stars from his club Dortmund, will continue his role with George Boateng of Aston Villa U-23, Didi Dramani of Right to Dream and Chris Hughton as technical advisor.

Otto Addo will be on the touch line when Ghan host Madagascar in the opening game of the 2023 AFCON qualifiers at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium on June 1.

Ghana face Madagascar, Angola and Central Africa Republic in Group E of the qualifiers.

In the 2022 World Cup, the Black Stars will face Portugal, Uruguay and Korea Republic.

The Black Stars technical team will assess the squad during the qualifiers ahead of 2022 World Cup which kicks off in November.

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