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Football-Chris Hughton to advise new Ghana coach

Ghana have appointed former Borussia Dortmund defender Otto Addo as their new coach along with Chris Hughton to serve as their technical adviser in next month’s World Cup qualifiers, the country’s football association announced on Wednesday. The appointment comes after Milovan Rajevac was sacked following their embarrassing exit from the Africa Cup of Nations final in Cameroon last month.

Addo will take charge of the two-man World Cup qualifier against Nigeria, who 24 hours earlier also announced a change in their training plans. The two West African giants meet at Cape Coast Stadium on March 24 in the first leg and in Abuja on March 27 for the second leg.

Addo, 46, is an assistant coach at German Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund, where he focuses on youth development. Born in Germany but a former Ghanaian international, Addo played for Dortmund and Mainz 05 and was previously part of the Hamburg and Borussia Moenchengladbach coaching staff.

Addo will be assisted by former Dutch international George Boateng, another of Ghanaian origin who coaches the youth team of his former club Aston Villa, and Didi Dramani, who worked at FC Nordsjaelland in Denmark. Former Newcastle United and Brighton & Hove Albion manager Hughton will be the technical adviser for next month’s World Cup qualifiers, the Ghana Football Association added, without specific details of his role.

Hughton went to the 1990 World Cup with Ireland when he was playing. Nigeria on Tuesday reversed its decision to appoint Portuguese-born Jose Peseiro as their new coach and remain loyal to Augustine Eguavoen for next month’s qualifiers. (Writing by Mark Gleeson in Cape Town; Editing by Christian Radnedge)

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