Part 2: Break Down Of Events Leading To The Sacking Of C. K Akonnor As Coach Of Black Stars


Akonnor also had issues with his assistant David Duncan. It is widely speculated that Akonnor did not want Duncan to assist him. Their issues began in Turkey during the friendly matches against Mali and Qatar.

Duncan was at a point not permitted to speak to the Black Stars and the situation was that bad.

If you frequently thronged to their training sessions, you would notice that Akonnor was doing the sessions himself instead of the usual assistant leading it and a lot of people accused him of ‘insecurity’. This happened because Akonnor had given Duncan a session a few minutes before the start of the match against Mali. Duncan wanted to warm the team his way, CK told Duncan in Ga, we won’t do it like that. Andre Ayew ended up leading the warm-up session.

Because of this supposed insecurity, Akonnor reportedly refused to use scouting reports presented to him.

In the South Africa World Cup qualifier which happened to be his last match, an ExCo revealed how Akonnor was presented with a vivid report, but he never used it. The report was so detailed that, the ExCo member said if they had used it, their worst would have been a draw. He was so angry that, he declared he has to go but they needed political clearance.

There were two meetings with high ranking politicians to replace Akonnor. The ministry of youth and sports hadn’t approved as of last Friday, but a meeting this weekend brought CK to his knees, despite disagreements even within the GFA ExCo members.

The new sports minister Mustapha Ussif watched the World Cup qualifiers against Ethiopia and South Africa and was unconvinced, per sources, but he could not easily approve his sacking. He did some consultation, too.

About a week ago, GFA president Kurt Okraku, in the company of Mohammed Jiji Alifo, told some people he knew Akonnor cannot do the ‘job’ as Ghana coach. Eventually, government agreed to Ghana FA’s decision and C.K Akonnor was sacked.

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