Sack Black Stars coach Akonnor, says Jerome Otchere

The former member of the communication team of Asante Kotoko says Akonnor's employers must take a second look at his contract

Jerome Otchere, a sports journalist, has said the coach of the Black Stars C K Akonnor has failed to live up to expectations following a 1-0 defeat to South Africa in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers.

Speaking on The Asaase Breakfast Show on Tuesday (7 September), Otchere said Akonnor’s employers must take a second look at his contract because Ghana’s chances of qualifying to the global football showpiece is bleak.

“It’s not that he’s not good, but given the task ahead and the work he’s done so far it’s rationale we might have to part ways with him,” Otchere said.

He added: “Check even the language of his employers; everything shows that they don’t have much confidence in him. Are his employers satisfied with the quality of work he’s done so far, and the answer is no. He doesn’t really have the confidence of the system that gave him the job.”

Examine coaching style

The sports journalist has, however, called on Akonnor to revise his notes.

“It could also be that the coach we are using or the coach we are having is not probably not working as other coaches will do.

“And that is why some of us are of the opinion that if we are going to talk about the quality of players not being good as it should, then we should also talk about coaching because the problem may also be there,” he said.

South Africa defeat Ghana  

South Africa claimed their maiden win in the 2022 Fifa World Cup qualification – Group G – when they defeated Ghana 1-0 at the FNB Stadium on Monday.

Bongokuhle Hongwane was the hero for Bafana Bafana as the Maritzburg United marksman grabbed a late winning goal which took the Southern African giants to the top of Group G standings with four games left.

Youngsters Hlongwane, 21, and Ethan Brooks, 20, were handed their full competitive debuts for Bafana as coach Hugo Broos made two changes to the team which faced Zimbabwe in their opening Group G game on Friday.

Ghana coach Charles Akonnor made seven changes to the team which took on Ethiopia last week.

Ghana were the better side in the opening exchanges with Mubarak Wakaso forcing goalkeeper Ronwen Williams into a low save from a free-kick and Andre Ayew dragged his shot wide of the target from inside the box.

South Africa were finding it difficult to penetrate the Black Stars’ resolute defence at this point with Percy Tau looking ineffective in the right forward and Gideon Mensah was doing a good job to contain Bafana’s star attacker.

Tau looked dangerous when playing in a central role and he thought he had handed Bafana the lead when he headed home Nyiko Mobbie’s cross following a good team move by the hosts, but the goal was disallowed for offside.

The momentum was with Bafana towards the half-time break and they were winning set-pieces near the Black Stars’ box, but keeper Richard Ofori made two good saves to deny Teboho Mokoena and Tau from set-pieces.

The hosts started brightly in the second-half and they should have taken the lead when Ofori allowed Mokoena’s cross to sneak between his legs, but somehow Mothobi Mvala missed a gaping open goal from closed range.

Hlongwane then cut inside and unleashed a shot which was bravely blocked by Jonathan Mensah at the near-post, before an unmarked Evidence Makgopa connected with Tau’s corner-kick, but he failed to direct the ball towards goal.

The pressure was mounting on the visitors and Mvala’s acrobatic’s effort hit the side-netting and Akonnor reacted by pulling a tired-looking Ayew and he introduced speedy winger Samuel Owusu with 19 minutes left.

Things were not going Ghana’s way on the night as their finest keeper Ofori went down injured and the Orlando Pirates shot-stopper was replaced by Lawrence Ati-Zigi.

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