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How Otto Addo Developed The Love For Nurturing Young Talents And The Way Forward

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It was Razak Pimpong, Ibrahim Tanko and a few other Ghanaian internationals who after football, dug into coaching – nurturing youthful talents to be the best on the football field.

That said, German-born Ghanaian international Otto Addo is no exemption, as he has won the Bundesliga title with Borussia Dortmund in the 2001-2002 season in Germany.

Subsequent to retiring from playing for a few teams in the Germany Bundesliga, Otto Addo secured his fantasy job as a coach, and has appreciated a stellar career in the Central European country.

Addo, who played for Ghana at the FIFA World Cup in 2006, at last completed his career at Hamburg, and it was there that he started to get a feeling of what life subsequent to playing may be.

After 2007, Addo shifted back and forth between playing for the first and second team, where he started to coach and guide the club’s young talents. Addo was doing very until he sustained three serious knee wounds which eventually constrained him to retire from football.

The injuries constrained him to think past his ‘line’ to find out what could be done to replace his career as a footballer. He immediately hopped into scouting for some months to check whether he might want it.

He really wanted to do football, yet with regards to which area was his concern. At that point, an opportunity came to join the under-19s at Hamburg as an assistant.

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He ultimately like the work and advised himself: ‘Yes I think I like it, and will do it for the rest of my life’. Working with youthful players is an incredible encounter for Otto Addo.

Addo before long, became lead trainer of Hamburg’s under-19s, but was attracted to Denmark by FC Nordsjaelland to be a coach for an exciting new venture.

The club is owned by Ghana’s – Right to Dream Academy and gives apparently perhaps the best course into European football for a portion of Africa’s greatest youth talents.

With his experience in both German and Ghanaian culture, Addo says he was to a great extent entrusted with assisting the youths with getting accustomed to their new home.

Otto Addo has an extreme passion for growing young football talents

It was during his time at FC Nordsjaelland that Addo started to see how he could best assist the up and coming age of footballers, and furthermore started to cut out another job for himself.

He took his abilities from FC Nordsjaelland to Borussia Monchengladbach prior to showing up at Borussia Dortmund in 2019, where he presently works. He essentially loves to work with young football talents – from the under-23s, under-19s and under-17s.

Addo is excited about building a good connection among himself and the youthful players. Aside from the latter, Addo is additionally guiding coaches.

Addo is perhaps the most prominent Black coach in a sport that continues to suffer with a lack of representation at the highest level. He is one of the few Black former players who have the [UEFA] pro license.

He believes that, since there are a lot of Black players now playing, in 5 or 10 years time, when they stop, there will be a change.

He believes that, since there are a ton of Black players currently playing, in 5 or 10 years time, when they stop, there will be a change.

The 45-year-old’s unique outlook on player development has already taken him to one of Europe’s leading clubs, however Addo stays uncertain whether one day he might want to make the progression up into a head coaching job.

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