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17.01.2020 Football News

CK Akonnor Needs Support To Succeed - Augustine Arhinful

By Samuel Ekow Amoasi Appiah
CK Akonnor Needs Support To Succeed - Augustine Arhinful
LISTEN JAN 17, 2020

Former Ghana striker, Augustine Arhinful, says newly named head coach of the Black Stars, CK Akonnor will need the support of Ghanaians to succeed.

Akonnor has signed a two year deal with the Ghana FA and will be assisted by David Duncan.

The former Kotoko trainer takes up the mantle weeks after the technical teams of the various national teams were dissolved.

He is expected to qualify the country for the 2021 AFCON in Cameroon and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

According to Arhinful, support and backing from the masses is the only way the nation’s footballing fortunes will get better.

“Since I am not God, I cannot tell if Akonnor will succeed in winning us a trophy and so, we will only have to hope that he will be able to do it for us,” he said on Citi FM.

He continued: “However, I need to say that I do not understand why some people think we are not capable of handling the Black Stars and so, we need an expatriate. Some of us played football outside the country and played for the Black Stars too and so, we saw the work of foreign coaches.”

"All our state institutions are managed by Ghanaians and so, I find it difficult to understand why we question our own ability to run the Black Stars. What is the duty of the national team coach? He is to scout and bring the best players and at most, there will be 23 of those players. His job to put those players together to make a good side.

"Akonnor can succeed but he needs a little fortune and a lot of support. Once that support comes, he will be able to succeed.”

Samuel Ekow Amoasi Appiah
Samuel Ekow Amoasi Appiah

Sports Journalist