Every head coach assuming a new role shows up with plenty of ideas and most importantly, his/her philosophy. Charles Akonnor was no different when the opportunity of his life – coaching the Black Stars – came his way. Akonnor wanted to play free flowing football, a philosophy he carved as “Agr) ball.”
To achieve this style of play, Akonnor’s mission was to form a closely knit group who will be able to demonstrate his tactical expectations in games.
Akonnor relayed his intent in an exclusive interview with Joy Sports a month after announcing his maiden squad as Black Stars coach.
“We have 40 players on our data. I think 40 should be a good number. Within the 40 we can be changing but we will keep the number 40 and then we will be looking at it,” the 47-year-old coach said.
Although he made room for slight changes depending on player performances, Akonnor has overly exceeded his quota of 40 players by a significant number so far.
In Akonnor’s first 20 months in charge, he has made 6 different call-ups, inviting 75 players. Joy Sports’ data journalist, Owuraku Ampofo looks at the head coach’s squad selections so far.
After taking over Kwasi Appiah’s position as head coach in January, Akonnor had to wait for the March international break to have the luxury of announcing his first squad. The team comprised 23 players and the assumption was they formed a part of the ’40-player pool’.
Due to Covid-19 intensifying in Ghana at that point and Africa as a whole, the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers were postponed.
However, seven months later and a quarter of the squad initially called by Akonnor were absent from his next assignment which was friendly games against Mali and Qatar in Turkey.
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