GFA president Kurt Okraku defends appointment of CK Akonnor as Black Stars coach

Published on: 23 May 2020

President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Kurt Okraku has justified why CK Akonnor deserves the Black Stars coaching job.

Akonnor, a former Asante Kotoko, Dreams FC and Ashgold head trainer was named as new Ghana coach earlier this years following th exit of Kwesi Appiah on December 31.

Akonnor's appointment was questioned by a section of fans who had concerns about his level of experience.

But Mr Okraku is convinced about the experience of the 45-year-old.

"First of all, coach Kwasi Appiah exited and we had to decide on who to give the responsibility to," Okraku explained to Ghana Web.

"The [Executive] Council considered a few names, lots of circumstances were also considered, and then we decided on CK Akonnor.

"I think that C.K AKonnor has paid his dues when it comes to football; [he] played here in the Premier League for Okwahu United and Ashantigold, went to Germany [and] played [for] 12 years thereabout in the Bundesliga, captained Wolfsburg, captained our own national team [Black Stars], came back here [and] coached Hearts of Oak, Eleven Wise, Dreams FC, Ashantigold and Asante Kotoko.

"He's had varying levels of experience as a trainer and if there is somebody who deserves the opportunity, it is someone who has dedicated himself to the national course.

"He’s risen to the highest level, played at the highest level and coached at the highest level," he added.

Akonnor has been tasked to lead Ghana to victory at the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon next year.

The Black Stars have not won the title since 1982.