The Ghana Football Association has named former Newcastle United manager Chris Houghton as the technical director of the Black Stars for the crunch 2022 World Cup playoffs against Nigeria next month.
The 63-year-old will provide expert knowledge and guidance for head coach Otto Addo and his assistants George Boateng and Mas-Ud Dramani.
The experienced manager, who has coached Premier League clubs including Brighton and Newcastle United has long been linked for the top job.
But following a meeting of the Executive Council of the Ghana Football Association on Wednesday, the governing body has settled on the Irish-Ghanaian coach.
“Former Newcastle United and Brighton and Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton has been appointed as Technical Advisor to the newly constituted Black Stars Technical team led by Otto Addo,” a Ghana FA statement confirmed on Wednesday.
“Other members of the new Technical team include George Boateng and Mas-Ud Didi Dramani. The 63- year old will provide Technical advice to the three man team for next month’s FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 play-off match against Nigeria.”
“The Executive Council of the Ghana Football Association took the decision at a meeting held in Accra on Wednesday, February 9, 2022.”
“Otto Addo, a former Ghana player is currently the Assistant Coach of German Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund – he boasts of about 13 years of Coaching experience that dates back to 2009 when he first took up the job of an Assistant Coach at Hamburger SV.”
“The 46-year old previously worked as a scout for the Black Stars in 2013 prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea.”
“The four man team has been put together to take charge of the two matches against rivals Nigeria,” it further reads.
The Black Stars will take on the Super Eagles at the Cape Coast stadium on March 24th before travelling to Nigeria for the second leg at the Abuja Sports stadium on Sunday, March 27th 2022.