Ghana interim coach Otto Addo, has described the Black Stars poor performance at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Cameroon as a ‘collection of bad circumstances’.
Ghana, four time African Champions failed to qualify from the group stage after recording just a point in three matches.
Serbian trainer Milovan Rajevac’s shambolic performance ensured that the West African giants had their worst AFCON Campaign as they even got whipped by debutant Comoros side in the final group game.
“The Africa Cup of Nations [AFCON] was a collection of bad circumstances, one came after the other and they were very unlucky. The performance was poor but a lot of bad luck also worked against us” Otto Addo said as quoted by Cafonline.com.
“But it is very interesting because you can win or lose against everything and at the level of the World Cup, everything is capable of causing an upset and so everything is possible.
“From my point of view, I was born in Germany and I would have loved that game but on the other hand, I look at Germany and Spain, it is good that Ghana is not in that group.”
Ghana will open their tournament at the 2022 World Cup by taking on Portugal before playing Uruguay and then wrap up their group campaign with a clash with South Korea.
Addo, who worked as the assistant trainer at Danish side Nordsjaelland before moving to Dortmund, believes his experiences of working with some of the best coaches in the world will help him bring out the best in the Black Stars players.
“I’ve been able to learn a lot from excellent coaches like Lucien Favre, Edin Terzic and Marco Rose.
“The fact that I deal with the players even more intensively and individually has also helped me in my dealings with the national players.”
The Black Stars will be making their fourth appearance at the World Cup after missing the previous competition held in Russia four years ago.
The four-time African champions made their first appearance in Germany in 2006 before playing at the 2010 and 2014 tournaments in South Africa and Brazil respectively.
Ghana’s best appearance came in 2010 when the Black Stars reached the quarter-finals where they were eliminated by Uruguay – a team they will face again in Qatar.
Ghana is housed in Group H of the 2022 World Cup alongside Portugal, South Korea and Uruguay.