The head coach of the Black Stars, Otto Addo, believes the team will go into the 2022 FIFA World Cup with less pressure on them.

Among the 32 teams to have secured qualification to the tournament to be staged in Qatar, Ghana is the lowest-ranked team. The Black Stars will be looking to advance from the group stage for the third time in the country’s history but will first need to overcome challenges from Portugal, Uruguay and South Korea.

A return to the global stage means Ghanaians have a keen interest in the national team again, raising expectations once again ahead of the World Cup.

However, the Borussia Dortmund coach said he does not feel any pressure heading into the tournament later this year.

“For me, at the end of the day, it’s just a football match, and pressure is something different, he told the BBC.

“How I grew up, and even in my time in Ghana, when you don’t know what you’ll eat the next day – that is pressure. And even those who find themselves in that situation still danced and laughed.

“For me it’s just a big honour to be in this position, and I’ll try my best for us to be successful.

“We’re the bottom-ranked team in the FIFA rankings heading into the World Cup.

“In that playoff game against Nigeria, we had nothing to lose. Nobody expected us to qualify, but we did.

“So we know very few people, except Ghanaians, expect something big from us, so there’s not much pressure. We can all win,” he added.