Black Stars coach opens up about national ambitions as Qatar 2022 approaches
Akonnor was appointed Ghana’s head coach in January following the departure of James Kwasi Appiah and has been tasked, among other things, with ensuring a return to the World Cup.
“I want to qualify the nation for the next FIFA World Cup but that’s not all I want and I want my team to do well and make the country proud and everyone happy.”
Akonnor was also asked to help Ghana win a fifth Africa Cup of Nations Title. The last of the four Black Stars trophies arrived in Libya in 1982.
“Winning the Afcon will not be easy at all and therefore I urge all Ghanaians to join us and offer their endless support to the Black Stars in our quest to win the coveted Afcon Trophy again,” a- he added.
Akonnor’s last coaching position before taking over from Ghana was a one-year stint at the head of local club giants Asante Kotoko.
Earlier this month, the former Wolfsburg The skipper reportedly followed the Porcupine Warriors to the locker room at halftime when they hosted Sudanese side Al-Hilal in a Caf Champions League first round, second leg at the Accra sports stadium.
“I entered the locker room with only one motive, and that was to motivate the boys to play with everything to get a good result before the second leg,” said the 49-year-old.
“You know I’m the national team coach, so I thought my presence in the team locker room would be a good thing for the boys to do more because they know the Black coach Stars is there and a good performance would ensure a recall to the senior national team. “