Ebusua Dwarfs head coach James Kuuku Dadzie has reacted to argument of whether to reappointed former Ghana international Otto Addo as substantive coach for the Black Stars, or think of someone else after he guided the team to qualify for the FIFA World Cu Qatar 2022.
A Technical team of four members – Otto Addo, Mas-Ud Didi Dramani, Frank Boateng and Chris Hughton, with Addo as the head were appointed on the interim with a sole task to qualify Ghana for the World Cup in the two legged play-off against Nigeria, after which their contract expires.
The Otto Addo led team did the job perfectly, beating Nigeria on away goal rule after securing a 1-1 victory over the Super Eagles in Abuja following a 0-0 draw in Ghana. There has since been mixed opinions on whether to maintain the team as substantive coaches for the Black Stars, and to lead the nation to the World Cup in Qatar.
Asked whether to hire Otto Addo and the afforementioned technical staff on permanent basis to handle the Black Stars, Ebusua Dwarfs coach James Kuuku Dadzie says that Otto Addo should be appointed as Black Stars coach should by now not be in question at all.
“This should not be in question. Me I don’t know why people are asking this that, this that”, Kuuku Dadzie to Evans Mensah Shearer on Takoradi based radio Skyy Power FM on Friday.
“Milo came and left after a shambolic performance at the AFCON. The FA wanted to find a coach and it came to light that Government wanted Chris Hughton and the GFA wanted Otto Addo. Eventually the two coaches were appointed; one was appointed (as) the coach and the other as an Adviser, then we had two deputies.
We played in the last (World Cup) qualifiers, we’ve qualified, everybody is happy. Most of Ghanaians are happy that we’ve qualified for the World Cup. Ideally, assuming you a manager and your subordinates go to do something and are successful, would you say they should be changed?”, he questioned.
According to coach Dadzie, it is up to the GFA and Government to find out whether or not they are satisfied with the performance of Otto Addo. To him, the technical team has delivered and stakeholders have no basis to change them.
“The stakeholders, the FA or the (Sports) Ministry or the Government, are you satisfied with the performance? That should be the question. They have qualified us, what is important is to qualify to the World Cup, they’ve done it. So asking whether to maintain them or otherwise, that is not the question. They’ve delivered so why would you change them?”, coach Dadzie queried.
The four-member technical team headed by Otto Addo was dissolved by default after the play-off matches against Nigeria by virtue of the terms of their contract with the GFA, and negotiations are reportedly ongoing to offer them the job on permanent basis.