I’m surprised – GFA Exco member Frederick Acheampong on Otto Addo’s Black Stars job links

Published on: 20 February 2024

In the quest of seeking for a new coach for the Black Stars, many reports have popped up insisting that Otto Addo is leading the race for the job and this has left Executive Council member of the Ghana Football Association, Fredrick Acheampong astonished as he doesn’t know where that information is coming from.

To him, all the reports coming seems to astonish him because the FA are responsible for the appointment of the coach and not the search committee.

The Black Stars have been without a permanent coach since the dismissal of Chris Hughton and his technical team following a disappointing performance at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.

The team failed to advance beyond the group stages, drawing two games and finishing third in Group B, behind Cape Verde and Egypt.

“The appointment of the coach does not even stop with the search committee. This is from our level (The Executive Committee). The decision we made was that the search committee should draw up a shortlist of three coaches, so I was surprise to hear that Otto Addo is leading the race as if the search committee are in charge to appoint us a coach”

“The search committee are expected to bring three coaches to the Executive Council for further discussions and checks before one person will be chosen amongst the three” he said on Kessben FM monitored by Footballghana.com.

The Borussia Dortmund coaching staff member was in charge of the Black Stars in 2022 and qualified Ghana for the 2022 FIFA World Cup with a win over Nigeria in the final playoff round.

He continued to handle the Black Stars until Ghana crashed out of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar at the end of the group stage on the back of two defeats and one win.

After he left the role, the Ghana FA appointed coach Chris Hughton to be in charge of the Black Stars but failed to live up to expectations.