Former Black Stars head coach Herbert Addo has died after battling illness.He coached for four decades starting from his first job with Armed Forces Team S.S. 74 in the Old Ghana Division One league, passed on Friday afternoon.
Herbert Addo won the Ghana Premier League on five occasions with four different clubs – and he remains the only coach to have achieved that feat in the history of the local game, thus one of the nation’s most decorated coaches with a career that lasted close to 40 years. He helped Aduana Stars to their one and only league title in 2010, but before that, he won titles with Hearts of Oak in 2002, Asante Kotoko in 1988, and AshGold (then Goldfields in 1995 and 1996).
Apart from club work, he had spells with the Black Meteors, Black Satellites, and the Black Stars.
He managed the Black Meteors (U23) (1981-82) and Black Satellites (U20) (1983-84) before graduating to the Black Stars (1983-86/87) and capping it off by winning the SWAG coach of the year award (1987).
The experienced coach also had a short stint with the Ghana Local Black Stars leading them in a CHAN tournament in 2010.
On the continent, guided Shell FC in Gabon to win domestic cup – and Maranatha FC (Togo), but his most salient achievement in Africa came in the 1996/97 African Clubs Champions League when he led Goldfields to a heartbreaking penalty defeat in the finals.
His last coaching job was with Inter Allies for the 2013/2014 season. He guided them to the final of the MTN FA Cup that year, but they lost to the Porcupine Warriors.
Addo rejuvenated his career when he picked up the Inter Allies job in the 2013/14 season and led the club to safety after a poor start. He also led the debuting Allies to the finals of the FA Cup where he was beaten by his former club Asante Kotoko.
He left Inter Allies to Accra Hearts of Oak, where he led to the penultimate qualifying stage of the CAF Confederation Cup in the 2014/15 season.
The CAF license A coach returned to Inter Allies for the start of the 2016 campaign after parting ways with Accra Hearts of Oak.
1. MTN FA CUP finalist, Inter Allies F/C (first timers in the Premier League) – 2014
2. Premier League Champions, Aduana Stars F/C (first timers in the league) – 2010
3. Runners UP (league) Accra Hearts of Oak S.C (Unbeaten in 30 matches) – 2003
4. Premier League Champions, Accra Hearts of Oak S.C – 2002
5. African Clubs Champions League Finalist (runners-up), Goldfields S.C – 1996/97
6. Premier League Champions, Goldfields S.C – 1995/96 & 1996/97
7. African Cup Winners Cup quarter-finalists, Shell F.C Gabon – 1990/91
8. F.A Cup Champions Shell F.C (Gabon) – 1989/90
9. League Champions, Asante Kotoko F.C – 1988
10. WAFU Champions, Kumasi Cornestone F.C – 1987
11. Winners SCSA Zone III Tourney, Black Stars in Liberia – 1987
12. Winners SCSA Zone III Tourney, Black Stars in Ghana – 1986
13. Winners SCSA Zone III Tourney, Black Stars in Cote d’Ivoire – 1983
14. WAFU Cup Finalist, Hasaacas F.C – 1983
15. Shegu Shagari Cup, Ghana Meteors, Nigeria – 1982
16. Winners WAFU Cup, Hasaacas F.C – 1982
1. SWAG Coach of the Year – 1987
2. Best Coach (Ghana) Award – 2009/2010
3. Champions (Three Nation Liberia Independence Cup) – 2010.