2019 AFCON: Ghana stalemate with Benin fair, says Akonnor

Author: Bernard Neequaye
Charles Kwablan Akonnor
Charles Kwablan Akonnor

Former Black Stars skipper, Charles Kwablan Akonnor, has described Ghana’s stalemate with Benin at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) as a fair result.

Akonnor, who recently qualified Kumasi Asante Kotoko to next year’s CAF Champions League, explained that the Black Stars’ 2-2 draw with the Squirrels of Benin represents an even game considering the timing of John Boye’s red card.

He noted that with the team down to ten men after 55 minutes, it was better to earn a point rather than losing out to the Beninese in their opening game.

Having scored twice in the first half through Andre Ayew and Jordan Ayew to cancel Mikael Poti’s second minute strike, the Beninese forward netted his second on the night to earn a vital point at the Ismaili Stadium.

In an interview with the Graphic Sports, coach Akonnor said “It was a fair result to me even though that wasn’t our expectation”.

“I believe it was an even match because of the timing of John Boye’s red card which I think affected the team. It was obvious his sending off affected the outcome of the match,” he added.

When asked whether he shared in Ghanaians disappointment at the results, the former Wolfsburg captain said the draw feels like a defeat to the entire nation and called on the Stars’ team to work harder to restore hope in their subsequent matches.

He expressed hope in the team and called for support from the public which he said would be crucial in the team’s chances at the continental tournament.

“It feels like a defeat to Ghanaians because this wasn’t the result expected from the team but I believe they will come back stronger in their subsequent matches,” he stated.