It has not been a good hunting ground for Africa at the Qatar 2022 World Cup. Five countries represented Africa at the World Cup, with CAF expecting a good outing from them, but things have not gone to script for the continent. Of the five competing in Qatar, only two have made it to the round of 16.
Ghana, Cameroon, Morocco, Senegal and Tunisia are the teams that qualified from the continent and were to show the levels Africa has reached. After three matches each, it is clear that Africa needs some catching up.
The Indomitable Lions of Cameroon were the last to be bundled out of the World Cup. They followed the footsteps of the Black Stars of Ghana and the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia. Ghana has crashed out of the competition, and the head coach of the Black Stars confirmed he was leaving his role in the team.
Otto Addo steps down as head coach
The Black Stars of Ghana needed a draw to qualify for the next round of the Qatar 2022 World Cup. It was a game that evoked plenty of memories as Uruguay did Ghana dirty at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Revenge would have been a Ghana win, meaning that Uruguay would exit the tournament.
Ghana lost the game 2-0 and missed out on the round of 16 with Uruguay. Following the loss, the head coach of the Black Stars, Otto Addo, confirmed he was stepping down from his role with the team. Needing just a point to qualify for the next round, Ghana lost to their more illustrious opponents.
Addo took the position of head coach on an interim basis in February after Serbian coach Milovan Rajevac received the sack following a disastrous outing at the Africa Cup of Nations, where Ghana crashed out in the group stage. Addo will leave his role after saying he planned to continue to work as a talent coach for Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund.
Another disappointing outing for Ghana
Otto Addo said his resignation did not come out of the blues. According to the Borussia Dortmund employee, he told the Ghana football federation that he would leave at the end of Ghana’s involvement in the World Cup.
He said he and his family see their future in Germany as he likes his role at Dortmund, and they are happy there.
Ghana saw their World Cup come to an abrupt end. Giorgian De Arrascaeta scored two first-half goals to give Uruguay a 2-0 win. Ghana could have gotten the lead, but Andre Ayew contrived to miss a penalty in the first half.
Ghana finished bottom of the table with three points coming from a 3-2 defeat of South Korea. They lost to Portugal and Uruguay. The loss ensured Addo, born in Germany to Ghanaian parents, would cut short his stint with the Black stars of Ghana.
The 47-year-old began his role at his former side Dortmund back in 2019.