Charles Akonnor finally signs two-year Black Stars contract

Author: Samuel Ebo Kwaitoo
Charles Akonnor was appointed Black Stars coach in January

Black Stars coach, Charles Kwablan Akonnor, has finally signed a two-year contract as the technical head of the senior national soccer team three months after his appointment.

The former Black Stars skipper signed his part of the contract last week and submitted the document to his employer, the Ghana Football Association (GFA), after weeks of anxiety.

Contract signing
A grapevine source disclosed to the Daily Graphic newspaper on Thursday that the GFA was, however, yet to sign its part of the deal.

Last week, the GFA General Secretary, Prosper Harrison Addo, told the Daily Graphic that Coach Akonnor’s contract actually took effect from February 1, 2020.

Charles Akonnor officially started work on February 1

He explained that once the coach had received his appointment letter, the GFA recognised him as the head coach of the Black Stars from the date stated on his appointment letter, hence the decision to assist him to embark on a trip to Europe to interact with some foreign-based players in February.

GFA, Akonnor marriage
He maintained that the delayed signing of the contract was just a formality which would be done at the appropriate time.
He emphasised that notwithstanding the delayed contract signing, the FA still had a good working relationship with Akonnor who replaced his former boss, Kwasi Appiah, whose contract expired last December.

The source said after weeks of studying the new contract with his lawyers, the 46-year-old trainer finally signed his part of the deal and handed it over to the GFA last week.

Probation and benefits
The source hinted that the two-year contract contained a six-month probation for the former Black Stars skipper.

Akonnor, among other benefits, will be entitled to a $25,000 monthly salary, $50,000 signing-on fee, free accommodation and an official vehicle.

Though Akonnor had expected to receive the same $35,000 salary and a signing-on fee of $200,000 as his predecessor, the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the headline sponsor of the Black Stars, Ghana National Petroleum Company, believed that the two coaches did not have the same pedigree to command the same fees.