Former captain of the Black Stars Charles Kwablan Akunnor has reportedly been appointed as interim coach of the Black Stars after the dissolution all technical teams of the various national teams by the GFA.
Akonnor, 45, has stepped up from his role as an assistant coach of the team following the departure of Kwesi Appiah early this month. Appiah’s contract was not renewed after two and a half years of being in charge.
Government insisted on having a local coach in charge of the team and Akonnor emerged as the best option.
The former Ashantigolf gaffer has a rich history when it comes to the Black Stars as he captained the senior national men’s team, the Black Stars and coached some of the great clubs in the country such as Sekondi XI Wise, Accra Hearts of Oak, Dreams FC, Ashantigold and recently Kumasi Asante Kotoko.
Akonnor was assistant to Kwasi Appiah when Ghana opened the African Cup of Nations qualifier double header against South Africa and Sao Tome and Principe.
After the victory over South Africa, Kwasi Appiah was effusive about the influence C.K Akunnor on the Black Stars team.
He captained the Black Stars after the retirement of Abedi Pele. He participated in four Africa Cup of Nations; 1994, 1996, 1998 and 2000.
He made his name in Germany where he starred for Fortuna Koln, Wolfsburg and SpVgg Unterhaching. He also had spells with Danish side before calling time on his career in Cyprus with Alki Larnaca.
His coaching started at Sekondi XI Wise in 2009. His big move came almost immediately as he was signed on as the head coach of Accra Hearts of Oak in 2012. He then went on to join Dreams FC before Ashantigold and Asante Kotoko.