Amin Lamptey questions CK Akonnor’s Black Stars appointment


Sports News of Wednesday, 15 January 2020


Mohammed Amin Lamptey Mohammed Amin Lamptey

Ace sports journalist Mohammed Amin Lamptey has questioned the criteria used in appointing Charles Akonnor as head coach of the Black Stars.

On Tuesday, the Ghana Football Association (GFA) appointed Charles Akonnor as its new national team coach to replace Kwesi Appiah.

The 45-year-old has stepped up from his role as an assistant coach of the team following the departure of Kwesi Appiah early this month. Appiah’s contract was not renewed after two and a half years of being in charge.

According to media reports, the government insisted on having a local coach in charge of the team and Akonnor emerged as the best option.

However, Amin Lamptey believes there are many local coaches with rich resumé than the former VfL Wolfsburg captain.

“We should know the criteria and conditions under which CK was appointed because we have equally good coaches who are better than him to do the job,” Lamptey quizzed on Happy FM.

“We can’t compare him to Maxwell Konadu, Sellas Tetteh or Ibrahim Tanko.”

Akonnor made 41 appearances for Ghana and scored 12 goals.

He captained the Black Stars after the retirement of Abedi Pele. He participated in four Africa Cup of Nations; 1994, 1996, 1998 and 2000.

Akonnor made his name in Germany where he starred for Fortuna Koln, Wolfsburg and SpVgg Unterhaching. He also had spells with Danish side before calling time on his career in Cyprus with Alki Larnaca.

His coaching started at Sekondi XI Wise in 2009. His big move came almost immediately as he was signed on as the head coach of Accra Hearts of Oak in 2012.

He then went on to join Dreams FC before Ashantigold and Asante Kotoko.

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