Meet Ghana’s New National Team Coach, Charles Akonnor

Charles Akonnor

In the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, Ghana’s national team made all the headlines in the competition as they were the only African country to have advanced to the Quarter Final phase of the tournament.

Among the commentators who were bringing all what was befalling the fanatics of Ghana was Charles Akonnor. Much to his dismay that he will one day be the manager of the Black Stars of Ghana.

Charles Kwabla Akonnor, a former Ghanaian international footballer played as an adaptable midfielder, generally in Germany. He has experienced all the ranks to be the current manager of Ghana’s National team in the wake of playing and captaining the team himself somewhere in the range of 1991 and 2001.

During his captainship role for the Black Stars of Ghana, he scored significant goals for the team to go past a specific level. Playing with the Black Stars, he showed up in every match and scored 12 goals. He played at the Africa Cup of Nations in 1994, 1996,1998 and 2000, and was named among CAF XI best players in 1998.

Akonnor palyed in the different degree of his career as a Ghanaian footballer, as he was part of the team that played in Egypt 1992 U-20 in Australia, 1993 FIFA U-20, U-23 Olympic games in Atlanta 1996, where he was the skipper of the team.

Starting his football career, the 46 year old played for Young Hearts Tema in Ghana between 1988–1990 and furthermore proceeded with Okwawu United in 1990. Prior to playing outside the shores of Ghana, he also played for one of the most unmistakable teams in Ghana, Obuasi Goldfields between the long periods of 1992–1998.

Akonnor played for German teams, Fortuna Köln, and VfL Wolfsburg where captained the latter in 2001-2002. He also played for several international clubs including SpVgg Unterhaching, AC Horsens (Denmark), Alki Larnaca FC (Cyprus) and others.

Akonnor had the fantasies to be an extraordinary manager, therefore after retirement from international football, he came down to Ghana to oversee numerous local clubs.

The teams includes: Sekondi Wise Fighters (director), Hearts of Oak, Dreams FC, Ashanti Gold and Asante Kotoko. At Kotoko, he drove the team to go past money zone at the CAF confederations Cup, one of Africa’s prominent league tournaments.

In 2019, his sterling performance with these clubs were exceptionally good, in this manner, was chosen to be the Assistant coach of the senior national team, the Black Stars. When Kwasi Appiah left as the coach of Ghana, Charles Akonnor was designated by the Ghana Football Association as the Head trainer of the team on 15 January 2020.

Since his appointment, he is yet to substantiate himself as COVID-19 has suspended everything including football activities.

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