Photos: Kotoko intensify training ahead of Stars friendly

Author: Beatrice Laryea
Coach Akonnor (left) drilling striker Yacouba Sogne while assistant coach Akapko Patron looks on

Newly-appointed head coach of Kumasi Asante Kotoko, Charles Kwabla Akonnor, would be presented with his first test when he leads the Porcupine Warriors to a friendly game against the Black Stars on Friday.

Ahead of the game, the ex-Black Stars skipper took his charges through some physical drills at the Adako Jachie Park in Kumasi on Thursday in preparation towards the game.

The training which is also the final preparation ahead of the game offered the coach an opportunity to fairly access which of his players will be in the starting XI.

The match was arranged between the two sides on Wednesday after the Confederation of African Football (CAF) cancelled Black Stars’ 2019 double header AFCON qualifier against the Leone Stars of Sierra Leone.

Sierra Leone failed to comply with FIFA’s directives to reinstate their FA boss Isha Johansen and General Secretary, Christopher Kamara after government intervened in the affairs of the Sierra Leone Football Federation (SLFA) last week hence the cancellation.


Meanwhile, captain of the side, Amos Frimpong says the team is ready to prove themselves despite admitting the game will be tough.

 “It will be a difficult task, but I trust my colleagues to pull strings together to cause a surprise. We would not be pushovers.


Coach Akonnor (second left) issuing instructions to some of the players during training

 It is a privilege for us to play with our senior national team so we are going to prove ourselves and make a statement not just for us Kotoko players, but also for the Premier League and all local players,” he told 

 “Our supporters should come in their numbers to witness good football and also urge us on to victory," he added.