Get to know more about CK Akonnor coach of the Ghana senior national team, Black Stars.
Full Name: Charles Kwablan Akonnor
Date of Birth: March 12, 1974.
Place of Birth: Nungua - Accra
Marital Status: Married
Age: 46 years
Charles Kwablan Akonnor hails from Ningo Prampram in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana but he was born at Nungua, a suburb of Accra on March 12, 1974.
He had his Basic/Junior High School education at Nungua Primary School and proceeded to the Nungua Presbyterian Secondary (Senior High) School for his secondary education.
During his school days, he was an integral member of his school team. Akonnor represented his school in Juvenile Championships and other Inter-Collages games before he was spotted by Obuasi Goldfields, helping him to pursue an active career in football.
He was a unifier wherever he found himself during his playing days, as well as helping to accelerate team goals. With this strong character, he achieved a lot on the field of play.
Akonnor was spotted at a very young age when he graduated straight from colts to join former Premier League giants Okwahu United in 1988.
- 2005-2006 - AC Horsens (Denmark)
- 2004-2005 - SpVgg Unterhaching (Germany)
- 1998-2003 – VfL Wolfsburg (Germany)
- 1993-1998 – Fortuna Koln (Germany)
- 1990-1992 - Obuasi Goldfields (Ghana)
- 1988 -1990 – Okwahu United (Ghana)
- 1985 – 1988 – Young Hearts (Tema – Colts)
- 1993-2001 - Ghana Black Stars
- 1995-1996 - Ghana National U-23 (Black Meteors)
- 1992-1993 - Ghana National U-20 (Black Satellites)
ACHIEVEMENTS AS A PLAYER
- 1999 – 2004 – Captain, Ghana Black Stars
- 2000 - UEFA Cup- Wolfsburg
- Played in four (4) Africa Cup of Nations - (1994, 1996, 1998, 2000)
- 1998 – Named in CAF African 11 Team of the Year
- Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games- Quarterfinalist (Ghana National U-23 Olympic Team)
- FIFA U-20 World Cup, Australia 1993 - Silver Medal
- 51 International Caps – Ghana
- CAF U-20, Egypt 1992 – Bronze Medal
- 1999-2004 - Captain, Ghana Black Stars
- 2000-2002 - Captain, VFL Wolfsburg
- 1996 - Captain, Ghana Olympic Team, Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games
CK Akonnor is a well-organized team player, detail-oriented and a man who is able to handle multiple tasks with nine years coaching experience.
He is a perfectionist and always wants to achieve the best out of the lot, an achiever who fears less in taking risks. He ventured into football coaching right after his professional career and holds CAF Coaching License ‘A’ and UEFA Coaching License ‘C’ and ‘B’.
He has had various coaching attachments at Tottenham Hotspurs in 2017, Celtic, Scotland 2015, VFL Wolfsburg, Germany in 2012, FC Nuremberg, Germany in 2010 and Manchester City, the UK in 2010.
Here are teams he has managed and achievements as a coach:
- October 2018 – July 2019 - Head Coach of Asante Kotoko SC
- Jan 2017- July 2018 - Head Coach, AshGold FC
2014 - Jan 17 - Head Coach, Dreams FC
2012-13 - Head Coach, Accra Hearts of Oak, Ghana Premier League
2011-12 - Deputy Coach, Ghana National U-20 Team, Black Satellite
2010-11 - Deputy Coach, Ghana National U-17 Team, Black Starlets
2010 - Head Coach, Right to Dream Academy U-17
2011 - Director of Sports, Sekondi 11 Wise
2009 - Head Coach, Sekondi 11 Wise
ACHIEVEMENT AS A COACH
- 2018/2019 Coach of the year, Ghana Football Awards
- 2018/2019 team of the year award, Asante Kotoko Sporting Club - Ghana Football Awards
- Guided Asante Kotoko to qualify for the 2019/20 CAF Champions League.
- Guided Asante Kotoko to win the 2019 Ghana Premier League (Normalization Cup, Tier 1)
- Guided Asante Kotoko to the Group stage of the CAF Confederation Cup in 2019
- Became the first Asante Kotoko coach to win 3 out of 4 matches in CAF Interclub competitions in 27 years
(Kariobangi Sharks 0-0 Kotoko, Kotoko 2-1 Kariobangi Sharks, Cotton Sport Garoua 2-3, Kotoko 2-1 Coton Sport Garoua)
- Became the 4th Asante Kotoko Coach to reach the group stage of CAF Confederation Cup in 15 years
- Guided AshGold to 2nd position in the 2017/18 Ghana Premier League
- Guided AshGold to avoid relegation in the 2016/17 Ghana Premier League
- Guided Accra Hearts of Oak to 3rd Place in the 2011/12 Ghana Premier League
- Guided Dreams FC to Premier League Promotion (2015)
CK Akonnor has over the years built an excellent interpersonal relationship with the sporting world, very cooperative and easy to work with, fluent in the German, Dutch and English languages. He has served as a special appointee in various capacities;
- April 2015 - Special appointment by VFL Wolfsburg as a development Coach to help youth football in Mexico Jan. 2015
- 2015 - Scout for Black Stars for 2015 AFCON in Equatorial Guinea
- 2014 - Scout for Ghana National Team (Black Stars) for FIFA World Cup in Brazil
- Ambassadorial role for Black Stars in 2014 World Cup in Brazil, June 2010
- Consultant Analyst, 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa for the African Union of Broadcasters (AUB).