Ex Ghana international Otto Addo has recounted how he ventured into Coaching after retirement.
The 45-year-old called it a quite on the pitch 11 years ago and officially began works as a football Coach.
Addo played for Ghana at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany and also featured at the 2000 Africa Cup of Nations hosted in Ghana and Nigeria.
In 2009, he took a bold step to take up the role as an assistant manager for his former club Hamburg SV, went on to work as a scout for Ghana before taking up another big role as an assistant Coach at Danish side Nordjaeland.
His biggest opportunity came in 2019 when he was appointed as the deputy Coach for German giants Borussia Dortmund, a position he has held for the past two years.
“I started thinking: ‘Okay, what can I do now?’” Addo tells CNN from Borussia Dortmund’s training center, where he is now the assistant coach of the first team.
“So I jumped into scouting for about two or three months to see if I would like it, because I was sure that I wanted to do something with football — about this I was very, very sure — but I didn’t know which section to go.
“The scouting was okay,” he recalls somewhat unenthusiastically. “You know, traveling alone and watching games alone was quite different and I’m a guy who likes to be around people.
“Then the opportunity came to join the under-19s [at Hamburg] and they asked me if I could join as an assistant and if I could help.
“I stepped in and I liked it. I like to work with young players and with people. It was a good experience and I said: ‘OK … I want to do this for the rest of my life.’”
Addo made 15 caps for the Ghana National team between 1999 and 2006.