Former Sports Minister Questions CK Akonnor's Appointment As Black Stars Coach
Former Youth and Sports Minister, Edwin Nii Lante Vanderpuiye has questioned the appointment of CK Akonnor as the head coach of Ghana's senior national team, the Black Stars.
Following Kwesi Appiah's contract expiration on December 31 last year, the former Dreams FC and Asante Kotoko trainer replaced Kwasi Appiah this year on a two-year deal.
Akonnor's appointment has been questioned by many.
Many attributed that the 45-year-old was named as Ghana's head coach due to his close relationship with the former Dreams FC Executive Chairman.
And for Nii Lante, Akonnor’s appointment somehow provides truth to such claims.
“Left to me alone, I think Kurt shouldn’t have made that appointment," he told Joy News.
“People have said that he manages C.K. Akonnor as a person. So it is wrong.
“It raises thoughts of conflict of interest to have made CK Akonnor the coach of the national team.
Nii Lante continued: “To some extent, I would tend to agree with those people. I have no problem with Kurt deciding who should be the coach and I have no problem with Akonnor being the coach in the first place.
“But for the perception and the whole idea that he is on the books of Kurt as manager, its smacks of conflict (of interest," the former Sports Journalist added.
Meanwhile, Akonnor is yet to play his first official game as Stars head coach after an Afcon qualifier set for early March had to be postponed due to COVID-19.
Akonnor who has been tasked to win the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) in Cameroon is assisted by David Duncan.