Harry Awurumibe, Abuja
The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has appointed coaches for the all of its national teams with experienced Mercy Tagoe returning to her job in charge of the senior national women’s team, Black Queens as the Head Coach.
GFA has also appointed Charles Kwado Akonnor popularly called CK as its new senior men national team, Black Stars as the Head Coach to replace Kwesi Appiah who led them to the last FIFA World Cup in Russia and AFCON in Egypt last year.
Akonnor was a former captain of Ghana and spent much of his playing career in Germany with stints at Fortuna Koln and Wolfsburg among others just as he was most recently a part of Appiah’s coaching staff with the Black Stars.
He has also taken charge of clubs in Ghana, including the country’s two best-supported teams Hearts of Oak and most recently Asante Kotoko.
His first competitive games will be 2022 World Cup qualifiers in March, the draw for the group stages will be on 21 January.
David Duncan, who has also coached both Kotoko and Hearts as well as Ghana’s under-23 and under-17 sides, has been appointed as Akonnor’s assistant.
Tagoe herself was part of Black Queens coaching staff prior to their disastrous outing at the last AWCON Ghana 2018 when the host team could not make it to the classification stage of the competition won by Nigeria’s Super Falcons.
GFA had earlier this January removed all of its national team coaches, at all levels of the game, including Appiah and all his assistants, which included Appiah’s contract not being renewed.
The association said the drastic move was “in line with the vision” of its new administration to allow it to evaluate the situation.