13.08.2020 Football News

CK Akonnor Set Sight On Annexing Afcon With Black Stars

By Samuel Ekow Amoasi Appiah
CK Akonnor Set Sight On Annexing Afcon With Black Stars
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Black Stars coach, CK Akonnor says he wants to leave a legacy by winning the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon).

Ghana, a four-times African champions have failed to win Africa's prestigious tournament since 1982.

Akonnor, who replaced James Kwasi Appiah whose contract with the Ghana FA expired on 31st December 2019 have been tasked by the Ghana Football Association (GFA) to win the 2022 Afcon.

Speaking on Starr FM on Wednesday, the former Ghana captain said, "If I’m able to win the AFCON, the rest will follow."

Commenting further, the former Asante Kotoko gaffer said: "I want to be remembered as the one who brought the AFCON home.”

Akonnor’s debut game with the Black Stars in a 2022 Afcon qualifying double-header against Sudan in March had to be cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Ghana finished third and second respectively in 2008 and 2010 before making consecutive fourth-placed appearances at Gabon/Equatorial Guinea in 2012 and South Africa 2013.

At Equatorial Guinea 2015, Ghana, under former Chelsea manager Avram Grant, came mighty close once again, this time losing to Cote d’Ivoire on penalties in the final.

In 2017, the Black Stars ended the tournament in fourth position but failed to make the quarter-finals of the championship for the first time since 2006 at Egypt 2019 where they succumbed to Tunisia on penalties in the Round of 16.

However, the Black Stars have played in three finals, i.e 1992, 2010 and 2015 but have failed to clinch the ultimate.

Samuel Ekow Amoasi Appiah
Samuel Ekow Amoasi Appiah

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