Former Ghana international, Otto Addo has opened up how he ended up becoming a gaffer following his retirement from football.
The 45-year-old hanged his boots 11 years ago and officially started working as a football coach.
He joined the Borussia Dortmund backroom staff in 2019, leaving Danish outfit Nordsjaelland.
Addo’s biggest opportunity came in 2019 when he was appointed as the deputy Coach for German giants a position he has held for the past two years.
“I started thinking: ‘Okay, what can I do now?” Addo told CNN from Borussia Dortmund’s training centre, where he is now the assistant coach of the first team.
“So I jumped into scouting for about two or three months to see if I would like it because I was sure that I wanted to do something with football — about this I was very, very sure — but I didn’t know which section to go.
“The scouting was okay,” he recalls somewhat unenthusiastically. “You know, traveling alone and watching games alone was quite different and I’m a guy who likes to be around people.
“Then the opportunity came to join the under-19s [at Hamburg] and they asked me if I could join as an assistant and if I could help.
“I stepped in and I liked it. I like to work with young players and with people. It was a good experience and I said: ‘OK … I want to do this for the rest of my life,” he added.
Addo played for Ghana at its maiden 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. He had previously featured at the 2000 Africa Cup of Nations hosted in Ghana and Nigeria.
In the past he had also worked with Hamburg and Borussia Monchengladbach.
Otto Addo featured 15 times for the Ghana National team between 1999 and 2006.
Source: Modern Ghana