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17.02.2009 Football News

C.K. Akunor to Wise' rescue

By Kofi Owusu Aduonum - Ghanaian Chronicle

The management of Sekondi Eleven Wise yesterday outdoored former Black Stars Captain, C.K. Akunor as the club's Head coach for an undisclosed period.

The Club's decision was necessitated by the exit of Nana Agyeman and his technical crew, who deserted the Sekondi-based club following the fans discontent about their technical acumen.

The newly-appointed 34-year-old coach will be assisted by another former national star, Nii Odartey Lamptey.

Akunor said he appreciates the gargantuan nature of the task, stating that “I know the enormity of the task ahead, but I see it as a challenge which is surmountable.”

For the former Wolfsburg skipper, his appointment offers him an opportunity to give back to society what he received from it.

According to Akunor, the quantum of experience he has acquired in foreign land will help him as the head coach of the currently fifth-placed club.

He, however, cautioned that the fact that he was a successful footballer does not necessarily suggest he will succeed as a coach, and therefore, appealed to the media to be tolerant.

Akunor told The Chronicle Sports that his appointment offers him the chance of putting his house in order in his hanker to become the first black coach to coach a top notch European side.

He expressed appreciation to all coaches he has worked under, and promised to be media friendly.

The CEO of the club, Mr. Jamir Marabi revealed that the move to bring Akunor and Odartey Lamptey on board was to ensure that the club realizes its dream as one of the top ten identifiable brands in the country, as well as finish the league among the first four.