Qatar 2022: “We will go into the Uruguay clash like any other game”- Otto Addo reveals

Ghana’s coach, Otto Addo and deputy captain, Thomas Partey face press

Head coach of the Black Stars of Ghana, Otto Addo says his side will go into their last group game with Uruguay like any other game they've played in the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

Addressing the media at the pre-match press conference, the German-based trainer said Ghana's painful defeat to Uruguay at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa was a painful one but not big of the topic to be discussed and assured that they will tackle this encounter as any other game.

"In general, it is about perspective. If the same incident had happened the other way round people would have talked about it and for him, it is not a topic” he said.

"It was a sad day for me but based on my perspective it is not a big topic and going into the match like any other match."

"What happened in 2010 was sad but we can change it and we are looking forward to winning this game no matter how."

Speaking on expectations from the South American side in tomorrow's game, Otto Addo said;  "It's a normal game and we want to qualify to the next stage so we should be able to win.We are prepared for anything, we expect them to press high and dictate the game."

"They know that a draw isn't good enough enough for them and this leaves them no option than to attack more and that will be a chance for us because there will be more gaps in their defense", he added.

Ghana's deputy captain, Thomas Partey also added that the team would have to be together to be able to secure a victory over the South Americans on Friday.

"We want to show we are capable of anything and this is a different game and we need to stick to our plan. The plan to get a good result", Partey said at pre-match press conference on Thursday.

On Ghana's elimination by Uruguay in 2010, the Arsenal midfielder added, "It was a sad day for me but based on my perspective it is not a big topic and going into the match like any other match.

We are used to negative comments and in the end, we understand their opinions and demands. Sometimes it pushes you, and sometimes when you give too much attention to it you forget about yourself but you have to keep pushing yourself", the former Atletico Madrid midfielder added.

The Black stars of Ghana were denied a semifinal spot at the 2010 World Cup when Luis Suarez blocked a goalscoring opportunity with his hand in the quarterfinals of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

The former Barcelona forward prevented a clear header from Ghana's Dominic Adiyiah in the final minute of extra time at the Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg, resulting in a penalty which was eventually missed by Asamoah Gyan.

Uruguay won the penalty shoot-out to progress to the semifinals which broke many hearts across the globe as Africa's only hope to reach the semi-finals was ended prematurely.

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