CK Akonnor’s appointment as the head coach of the Black Stars back in January was received with mixed feelings. There was a school of thought which believed that he had been appointed because of his connection to the new Ghana Football Association boss, Kurt Okraku.
On the other hand, there were those who believed that his performances at Accra Hearts of Oak, Dreams FC and particularly Kumasi Asante Kotoko where he guided the club to the group stages of the Caf champions league after several years, had made him the best man for the job.
Unfortunately, for CK Akonnor, his first game in charge saw the team being humiliated by a strong Mali side in a friendly game. But he was able to bounce back and has since then secured back to back victories over Qatar and Sudan.
In his last two games, CK Akonnor’s team has been able to find the net on seven occasions while giving out none, showing the balance that is emerging in the team.
Having been on the local scene for a long time, CK has also shown that he is not afraid of handing out debuts to the local players and gave evidence of that by handing out a debut to Christopher Nettey. His confidence in the Kotoko full back paid off after he impressed on his first game for the Black Stars.
The likes of Tariq Fosu have also been a revelation since joining the team while Clifford Aboagye was also introduced in yesterday’s game.
It is early days yet but it is safe to say that CK Akonnor has put behind him the awful loss against Mali and is now beginning to strike a perfect balance in attack and defence while handing out debuts to deserving players.