It will not be long before the 2022 World Cup kicks off in Qatar and Ghana’s Black Stars will be in the thick of it. We will definitely see Otto Addo’s team on the pitch three times. But how far will Ghana really go in this World Cup?
Facing CR7, Son and Valverde
The first match against one of the favourites will be decisive. Portugal with stars like Bernardo Silva, Ruben Diaz and of course Cristiano Ronaldo will show whether Otto Addo’s defence can withstand the Portuguese’s force and whether the attackers around the Ayew brothers, Inaki Williams and possibly Leverkusen’s Callum Hudson-Odoi are strong enough to pose problems to the opponent. Whether Hudson-Odoi will really switch national associations is still unclear. But even more important than the win against the top team from Portugal will be the games against South Korea and Uruguay for the Ghanaian team. Both teams have some absolute top players like Heung-Min Son or Federico Valverde in their squads
For Otto Addo, however, none of this is a problem. The coach is optimistic.
Ghana always had good footballers
“First and foremost we want to play our style of game and I think Ghanaian teams have always played good football in the past and that is what we want. We had previous tournaments which I think showed that Ghana has good footballers and that is also what we want,” Addo said in a recent interview with 3 Sports.
“That certainly includes wins and I think that is the first thing we want. If we get through the group stage, which I said will be very tough, then anything is possible.”
Wide support for the Black Stars
The coach strongly believes in his team and the whole country and even the entire African continent is behind the Black Stars on their mission to bring honour to the country.
Even as a child, I used to bet on the results of the Bundesliga with my friends at school. Back then, the stakes were still modest: Lunch, a few marbles or maybe even a milk jug. When I was 9 years old, I once played the German "Elferwette" (1x2 tips in 11 German games) - and got 10 right the first time.
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Even as a child, I started typing the results of the Bundesliga with my friends at school. The stakes were modest back then: The lunch, a few marbles or maybe a milk slice. Then, at the age of 9, I played the penalty bet once - and immediately got 10 right. The previous week I had won 500 DM and in my childish imagination I was already imagining how many football pictures I could buy at the kiosk on the corner. Unfortunately, it was one of those match days when everything turned out as expected and I only won DM 8.10. Nevertheless, I followed the game with great interest.
Nevertheless, the passion to correctly predict the outcome of sporting events haunted me for the rest of my life. I would have loved to own the sports almanac that Marty McFly bought in Back to the Future II.
Much later, when I was already working as a journalist for newspapers and as a writer for television, I came across an international betting forum with over 100,000 members - and found out that a lot of people there were giving their tips on German football, but nobody seemed to have a real clue, so I wrote a few English-language preliminary reports with a few tips - and was right about everything. After that, an avalanche started. I got offers from bookmakers, sports papers and even betting syndicates to work for them - and I accepted a few of them too, experiencing the ups & downs of sports betting and travelling halfway around the world in the years that followed. There I met Chinese multimillionaires betting five to six figures, amateur players in Serbia or Turkey supporting their families with small stakes, South Africans gambling away half their fortune, Brazilians who could only leave their favelha and become rich by making the right tips. At one point my life was similar to Matthew McCaughaney's in the film Two For The Money - and far too much stress.
I subsequently moved to another continent and ran an English-language football epaper about the Bundesliga from there. After the birth of my son, I devoted myself for many years only to artistic projects in the field of photography and literature. However, I am happy to share my knowledge and passion with the readers of bettingtipsafrica.
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