CK Akonnor's first words after getting sacked as Black Stars coach

BY: Kweku Zurek
Charles Kwablan Akonnor
Charles Kwablan Akonnor

Recently dismissed Black Stars coach Charles Kwablan Akonnor has expressed gratitude to his former employers for giving him the opportunity to serve his nation as national coach.

Akonnor in a tweet on Tuesday, a day after his sacking by the Ghana Football Association (GFA) expressed gratitude to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the Sports Ministry, Kwesi Appiah and the leadership of GFA.

He tweeted: "I’m grateful to H.E President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the Sports Ministry, my former boss Kwesi Appiah, the leadership of the GFA, colleagues I worked with, players and Ghanaians for the opportunity to serve. Wishing the team all the best. Thank you Ghana.

Sacking

Akonnor and his two assistants, David Duncan and Patrick Greveraars were sacked by the GFA on Monday upon receipt of a Technical Report from the Head Coach and from the Black Stars Management Committee following Ghana’s Group G World Cup qualifying matches against Ethiopia and South Africa.

“The Executive Council after considering the two reports have decided to terminate its relationship with the Head Coach C. K Akonnor and the two Assistants," a GFA statement said.

“The Executive Council has formed a three (3) Member Committee made up of Vice President Mark Addo, Upper East Regional Football Association Chairman, Alhaji Salifu Zida and Dr Randy Abbey to find a Head Coach and Assistant Coaches for the Black Stars within the next 72 hours.

“The Association wishes C.K. Akonnor and his Assistants the very best in their future endeavours.”