Charles Akonnor takes over Black Stars as head coach

Author: Maurice Quansah
Charles Akonnor, new Black Stars head coach

The Ghana Football Association has appointed Charles Kwabla Akonnor as head coach of the Black Stars with David Duncan as his assistant.

Other members of the technical team named on Wednesday were Najawu Issah as the goalkeepers’ coach with Dr Christ Adomako as the team physician, Henry Martey (welfare officer), S.K. Ankomah and George Nii Anum Amasa (masseurs), Daniel Yankey and Suleman Zampa (equipment officers).

Elevation: Akonnor has taken charge of the senior national team

Akonnor, 45, was drafted into the senior national team as an assistant to former head coach, Kwasi Appiah, for Ghana’s 2021 AFCON qualifiers against South Africa, and Sao Tome and Principe last November.

His coaching career has seen him handle clubs such as Sekondi Eleven Wise, Hearts of Oak, Dreams FC, Ashantigold and Asante Kotoko, which he led to reach the group stages of the CAF Confederation Cup last year and also guided the Porcupine Warriors to win the GFA Normalisation Committee Special Competition Tier-1.

David Duncan has previously handled the Starlets and Meteors

His assistant Duncan, 56, has a 20-year coaching career handling Ghanaian clubs Great Olympics (as a player-coach), Sekondi Hasaacas, AshantiGold, Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko, as well as South African side Free State Stars.

Duncan's managerial experience includes handling the national under-17 side, Black Starlets, at the 2005 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Peru and also the national under-23 team, Black Meteors in 2011.