Otto Addo says Ghana did ‘a lot of good things’ in Nicaragua win

Ghana coach Otto Addo was pleased with his players’ performance in Tuesday’s 1-0 win over Nicaragua.

Fatawu Issahaku’s 35th minute goal gave Ghana a narrow victory in Lorca, Spain, as the team ended the September international break on a high after losing 3-0 to Brazil last week.

It could have been a convincing win if the Black Stars had been more clinical, with Mohammed Kudus, Inaki Williams, and Osman Bukari all missing great chances in a one-sided game.

“[I will rank them at] 7 because everything from what I saw and we trained worked well. It’s just that we have to score. I like the runs behind the defensive line, I like the pass in between the lines. I like the body positions. A lot of very good things and good timings with the runs. We have to be a little bit more composed on the ball,” Addo said after the game.

“I think Iñaki had one very big chance so he was well located and he had very good runs which created space for others. So therefore Kudus had good chances, Osman Bukari also. We have to keep it cool.”

Addo was also impressed by Issahaku’s goal, which was his first for the Black Stars since his debut last year. The winger found space on the right and beat the goalkeeper with great effort

“It’s a powerful shot [from Issahaku]. Sometimes he needs just a little more patience with his shots and more precise instead of hammering all out so this is what I told him. He should feel free, he should use his left foot gently because if he does, he will be more precise. That’s what I told him and I believe he did [it],” he said.

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Black Stars will play another friendly against Switzerland on November 17 before beginning their World Cup campaign on November 24 against Portugal.

They will then play South Korea and Uruguay to complete the group stage.