”Delighted” and ”exhausted” Ghana coach Otto Addo has reacted to Ghana’s victory over Nigeria in the bid for a place in the 2022 FIFA World Cup finals after securing a 1-1 draw in Abuja to advance on away goal rule advantage.
Ghana grabbed the first of the continent’s five tickets to the World Cup in Qatar after holding the Super Eagles of Nigeria to a 1-1 draw in Abuja, following a goalless draw from the first leg in Kumasi, Ghana.
Reacting to his side’s exploits in the second leg in Abuja on Tuesday evening, Otto Addo expressed his delight for the feat the team has achieved, and expressed his profound gratitude to the players, the FA Boss, Ghanaians at large for the support given him and the team.
He however believes, that Nigeria had the best of chances in the game on Tuesday but Ghana, though played well, had ‘a bit of luck’ to overcome their fellow West Africans. He expressed sympathy with Nigeria but remains excited that Ghana made the cut.
“I’m really delighted, exhausted, it was a tough match and we fought our way through”, he told Multimedia reporters after the game on Tuesday.
“We had big big problems especially in the first half, and through some changes, the players gave their tactics very well and still they [the Nigerians] had some good chances. Our goalkeeper was there when we needed him and we had a little bit of luck also, because if you see the chances the Nigerians were better. I feel a bit pity for them but this is football, sometimes and we fought our way through”, he assessed.
He expressed thanks to God, great personalities who played a major role on the road to the victory, and took the opportunity to wish the President of the Republic a happy birthday.