Playing Stars was risk worth taking – Coach Akonnor

Author: Beatrice Laryea
C K Akonnor - Head coach of Kumasi Asante Kotoko

Head Coach of Kumasi Asante Kotoko, Charles Kwabla Akonnor, has described their game against the Black Stars as a "risk worth taking" despite loosing to the national team.

The Black Stars recorded a 3-0 win over the Porcupine Warriors in the friendly played last Friday after Abdul Majid Warris got the opener in the 21st minute before Levante star Emmanuel Boateng and Christian Atsu added one each in the 47th and 54th minutes respectively.
But the ex-Black Stars skipper insisted it was an opportunity to assess and understand the strength and weakness of his team in order to to find solutions to them.
In an interview with the Graphic Sports yesterday, despite admitting that conceding three goals on his debut game with the Porcupine Warriors was way too high, Coach Akonnor noted that the challenge was actually worth it as it exposed the loopholes in the team.
“The challenge was good and I am glad I took it because no coach will take up such a huge challenge just a week after being employed so I am not too worried about the fact that we lost. Playing the Stars was actually a good learning process because it exposed the weaknesses in the team,” he said.
“We did not do well in some departments of the game but the Stars were composed and they played very well, especially in the first half and I must say that three goals was a bit on the high. 
However, I don’t blame my players because they were with a different coach and I just came on board with new ideology and strategies so it will take them some time to adapt,” he added.
Touching on the performance of individual players, the ex-Ghana international said: “Though we lost I think that the players did their best, especially Danlad, because it was a big experience for him and I am proud of them all.”
The ex-Ashantigold SC coach, who took over from Coach Paa Kwasi Fabin, has been tasked to win the local league as well as a continental title and he began his job with a test against the Black Stars.
The friendly match was organised after Ghana’s 2019 AFCON qualifying match against Sierra Leone was cancelled after FIFA suspended the West African country last week.