The Day C.K. Akonnor Silenced His Critics In Yaoundé Featured
14 Jan

The Day C.K. Akonnor Silenced His Critics In Yaoundé

Charles Kwablan Akonnor struck a forlorn figure in his technical area as his Asante Kotoko side drew 1-1 with Obuasi Ashantigold in the J.A.Kuffour memorial trophy a little over a week ago and the drawn game in Kumasi left many fans questioning whether he is still the right man for the job at the club.

Akonnor who took over as coach after Paa Kwesi Fabin resigned from his coaching duties a couple of months ago was visually apoplectic at some of his players’ work-rate at the Baba Yara stadium with the gaffer coming in for significant criticism during Kotoko’s shoddy display.

At the post-match presser, Akonnor admitted identifying the lapses in his team and assured all gathered of working on it before their continental tie against Cotonsport but that wasn’t received well by a section of the media who were of the view that the coach was technically and tactically bankrupt and had nothing good to offer the club.

The following day, sports shows in the city were awash with fans of the club phoning onto shows registering their displeasure with the happenings of the previous day.

A fan even threatened to visit the club’s training ground and sack Akonnor but for the timely intervention of the Police. Akonnor was battered left, right and centre.

His credentials of being a coach were scrutinised ahead of their clash against Cotonsport, not even the most loyal Kotoko was hopeful of a win in Yaoundé.

The game against the Weavers provided Akonnor the chance to rectify that woeful return and prove that he is the future; an opportunity to prove that he is still relevant in this modern game, a chance to enhance his reputation, quite possibly, a chance to save his job.

Fortunately for Akonnor, his tactics on the day worked to perfection and his boys made sure their boss will keep his job by beating their opponents away from home.

For me who believe in Akonnor’s tactical nuances having followed him from his Eleven Wise days, I have an unwavering faith in him and hopeful that he will take Kotoko to the promised land.

The Kotoko fans and the Management need to give C.K. Akonnor time to rebuild the club organically.

As head coach, Akonnor’s job is to dampen expectations by explaining the intricacies of the project, building a strong relationship with fans that allows for gradual improvements to be made without the instant pressure of results. He has what it takes to thrive.

All affiliated to the club must muck in as he seeks to restore the club’s lost glory.

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