Ghana head coach, Otto Addo has opened up on why he decided not to field Thomas Partey, Mohammed Kudus, and some other key players in the friendly match against Switzerland.
When the Black Stars engaged their Swiss counterpart in a final friendly match on Thursday ahead of the start of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, many criticized the coach for refusing to field his best eleven.
Despite leaving out players like Thomas Partey, Alexander Djiku, and Mohammed Kudus, Ghana still had enough quality and defeated Switzerland 2-0 at the end of the game.
Speaking in his post-match interview, Coach Otto Addo explained that it was important to give the other players a chance to prove what they can do.
“It’s good for the team to see that we have a lot of players. As a Coach I will have to decide in the end, we have a lot of possibilities, and this gives us confidence. I want the team to stick together and come together despite somebody is playing or not,” the Black Stars coach said after the Switzerland game.
Coach Otto Addo added, “Hopefully we have a lot of games at the World Cup and then I hope that everybody will get the chance to play but for me it’s important to see that everybody can play at this level.”
Ghana at the 2022 FIFA World Cup will be one of five African countries representing the continent.
The Black Stars will compete in Group H of the group stages of the tournament. In that group, Ghana will battle it out with two-time champions Uruguay, as well as European giants Portugal.
The other group opponent is South Korea from Asia.
While the 2022 FIFA World Cup will commence on Sunday, November 20, Ghana’s Black Stars will play their first match on November 24.
Subsequently, Ghana will take on South Korea on November 28 before finishing the group stages campaign with a rematch against Uruguay.