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Pressure is not knowing where your next meal will come from, not football – Otto Addo on World Cup expectations – Citi Sports Online

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Black Stars Head Coach, Otto Addo believes Ghana’s Black Stars are heading into the FIFA World Cup in Qatar with a ‘nothing to lose’ mentality.

Ghana is currently the lowest ranked team heading into the tournament, and will have to overcome Portugal, South Korea and Uruguay in the group stages, in order to reach the knockout rounds for the third time in the country’s history.

According to Otto Addo, he simply honoured to be leading the Black Stars to a World Cup, but does not feel the pressure.

“For me, at the end of the day, it’s just a football match, and pressure is something different, he told the BBC.

“How I grew up, and even in my time in Ghana, when you don’t know what you’ll eat the next day – that is pressure. And even those who find themselves in that situation still danced and laughed.

“For me it’s just a big honour to be in this position, and I’ll try my best for us to be successful.

“We’re the bottom ranked team in the FIFA rankings heading into the World Cup.

“In that playoff game against Nigeria, we had nothing to lose. Nobody expected us to qualify, but we did.

“So we know very few people, except Ghanaians, expect something big from us, so there’s not much pressure. We can all win,” he added.

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