Ghana coach Otto Addo explains Lawrence Ati-Zigi’s starting role against Nigeria

Published on: 26 March 2024

Head coach of the Black Stars, Otto Addo has explained why he started Lawrence Ati-Zigi ahead of other goalkeepers in their game against Nigeria.

Ati-Zigi, who plies his trade for St. Gallen kept the post when the Black Stars succumbed to a 2-1 defeat to the Super Eagles at the Grande de Stade Marrakech in Morocco last Friday.

Explaining why Ati-Zigi got the nod ahead of Jojo Wollacot and Frederick Asare, Otto Addo asserted he is a regular player in the national team.

Ghana will lock horns with the Cranes of Uganda at the Grande de Stade Marrakech, Morocco at 4pm today.

And speaking ahead of the game, Otto Addo indicated he is undecided about who gets the nod to start in post for the Black Stars.

“I am not quite sure yet. I left it open. I have to say that Ati-Zigi had a good match. I gave him the start because he is a regular player in his club”

“Frederick is new and young. I think he made a good first impression. He is very, very calm on the ball and has a good technique in the goal”

“Joseph Wollacott at the moment is not playing in his club so it's difficult to say that he will be the number one at the moment but I think tomorrow I will give him the chance to play and to show himself and we will keep on watching them and observing them and we will decide in June who will be the goalkeeper who will stand in the goal” he said.

With Ghana leading the head-to-head record 7-3, Addo's side aims to maintain their dominance over Uganda. Their most recent encounter in October 2017 ended in a goalless draw during the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

The game will be streamed on the Ghana Football App and the official Ghana Football Association YouTube page.