Black Stars: Give Otto Addo time to rebuild a good team - Asamoah Gyan pleads

Football News Black Stars: Give Otto Addo time to rebuild a good team - Asamoah Gyan pleads
APR 3, 2024 LISTEN

Former Black Stars captain, Asamoah Gyan has urged football fans to be patient with Otto Addo following his reappointment.

Addo has been rewarded a 34-month deal as Black Stars coach. The 43-year-old replaces Chris Hughton was sacked following the team's poor performance at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Ivory Coast where the Black Stars exited at the group phase.

In Addo's first two games, the team recorded a 2-1 defeat against Nigeria before being held to a 2-2 drawn game against Uganda in the March international window.

The Black Stars currently are without a win after seven games across all competitions.

However, Gyan, who played with Otto Addo at the 2006 World Cup, is hopeful his former teammate can do a decent job when given time to build the team.

"Otto Addo has returned; it's a different atmosphere and different players. Although he has worked with some of the players, I think it's still a process," said Gyan on Asempa FM. "He also came with a new staff so it's a different era."

"Let's see what he also has for us. We will support him through his rebuilding to see where he can take us.

"Ghanaians will be the ones to judge what he has done so I think we should give him time to rebuild his team."

Otto Addo was in charge of the Black Stars during the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, winning one of their three games with defeats also to Portugal and Uruguay denying them progress from the group stage.

He will hope to steer the team to record wins in June later this year when they take on Mali and the Central African Republic (CAR) in the 2026 World Cup qualifiers.

Samuel Ekow Amoasi Appiah
Samuel Ekow Amoasi Appiah

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